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Thurman Street Bridge closure will complicate Leif Erikson trail access this summer

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Bridge work by city crews this summer will block off the Thurman Street Bridge over Balch Creek in Lower Macleay Park from Tuesday, April 1 until Labor Day.

The closure includes all of Northwest Thurman Street between 28th and 32nd, including stairway access from the bridge to Lower Macleay Park. A signed detour will be in place for local residents and visitors to Forest Park, the Leif Erikson Drive trailhead and Lower Macleay Park, the city said in a news release.

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Steel Bridge users: take another route Monday morning

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Portland City Tour ride -19

Just a reminder: As we shared last week, the Steel Bridge is likely to be closed for maintenance through some or all of the morning commute on Monday, Feb. 17, no matter what your vehicle is. It should be open by 8:30 a.m.

Outer southeast Springwater Corridor path closure notice

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

See below for info and detour maps just sent to us from PGE:

Notice of Trail Closure along the Springwater Trail

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28th, 2013, Portland General Electric will begin work along the Springwater Trail between SW Pleasant Valley View Dr. and SE Circle Ave. to improve service reliability in the area. This activity is expected to continue for eight days (excluding Saturday and Sunday), ending at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th.
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Detour Roundup: Springwater, Esplanade and SE 42nd

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
A full closure of the Springwater path at
Ross Island will start October 7th.

I've got a few new details on construction projects that will impact key biking routes in the coming days, weeks and months. This post is part of an ongoing effort (similar to our post on September 10th), to keep you informed of street closures, bicycle detours, and so on. Your on-the-ground knowledge is very valuable, so if you know of detours not mentioned below, or if you have special tips about alternate routes, feel free to share in the comments.

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Know before you go: A round-up of detours and construction zones

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Damage to Springwater path-3
Parks will finally fix this section of the Springwater bike path.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Between the big TriMet light rail project, PBOT's fog-sealing binge, and other random projects — for some reason this summer has been full of construction in the Portland area. As a result, there are a lot of detours and general advisories to know about.

Below is a roundup of construction projects and detour notices that impact bicycling. (If we've left any out, please share them in the comments below.):
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Photo contest: Portland's worst (and best) detours

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
If only there were a strip of underused pavement nearby.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Here in Portland, it's been a summer of detours. And some of them are much better than others.

Let's help the city make more of them good.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, fortunately, has noticed this problem. This Thursday, BTA intern Ruben Montes is hoping to meet with the City of Portland's Mark Lear and Craig Goodroad to start looking for ways the city can better design construction zones to work for active transportation.

We'd love to give them some material to talk about. So for the next few days, any time you see a detour in Portland that doesn't seem to prioritize human beings, or one that you think does so well, snap a photo and email it, with a few words about its location, to michael@bikeportland.org or text it to me at 503-333-7824.
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After much finger-pointing, the Steel Bridge's lower deck reopens - UPDATED

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Some commuters and exercisers used the upper
sidewalk of the Steel Bridge Tuesday morning.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Update 3:59 pm: The bridge lower deck is now open, and the city's Diane Dulken writes to confirm that the city, not Union Pacific Railroad, is responsible for the lower-deck cameras related to this closure.

Portlanders' unscheduled trip into the 90s extended into its fourth day Tuesday as the lower deck of the Steel Bridge, built for $10 million in 2001, remained closed due to a camera failure.

City spokeswoman Diane Dulken said Monday that Union Pacific Railroad runs the cameras, and that the problem is UP's. The next morning, UP's California-based spokesman Aaron Hunt said that this was not true, and that the city has been working to repair them. Update: Dulken confirmed, late Tuesday afternoon, that the railroad was correct, and the cameras are the city's responsibility.

Dulken said Tuesday that she had no information about whether Union Pacific had been in contact with the city. She said she wasn't aware of detour signs other than the ones at the Steel Bridge's lower-deck gates themselves.

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Steel Bridge lower deck closed since Saturday - UPDATED

Monday, August 12th, 2013
Steel Bridge upper deck
The Steel Bridge's upper-deck
sidewalk is one way to cross this evening.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Update:: The lower deck reopened before the evening rush hour on Aug. 13.

Update 6:30 a.m., Aug. 13: The lower deck remains closed on Tuesday morning. "I haven't heard of any change yet," spokeswoman Diane Dulken wrote. We've had no reply to our request for information from Union Pacific. Watch PBOT's Twitter account for possible updates. Original post follows.

Update 6:30 a.m., Aug. 13: The lower deck remains closed on Tuesday morning. "I haven't heard of any change yet," spokeswoman Diane Dulken wrote. We've had no reply to our request for information from Union Pacific. Watch PBOT's Twitter account for possible updates. Original post follows.

People crossing the Steel Bridge by bike and foot Monday evening should take the upper-deck lane or sidewalk or reroute to another bridge, Portland Bureau of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Dulken said Monday afternoon.

The lower deck has been closed since Saturday evening, when a set of cameras that monitor the crossing stopped functioning, Dulken said. The cameras are owned and controlled by Union Pacific Railroad, she said, which has not informed the city of the cameras' status.

"We don't manage the cameras, so we're not quite sure what's going on," Dulken said.

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County re-thinks cemetery detour: Bikers will be flagged through work zone

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Multnomah County has revised their detour plans for a construction project that was going to close the popular bicycle route through River View Cemetery near the Sellwood Bridge. After our story on Monday, County spokesman says he heard from many people concerned about the safety of the proposed detours (which included a gauntlet-running uphill on SW Taylors Ferry Rd.). Here's more from Pullen via the official County statement:

"After we announced an upcoming construction closure of a road in Riverview Cemetery last week, we heard from bicyclists concerned about the safety of alternate east/west routes. This week the project team worked with Riverview Cemetery staff to revise the traffic plan so that bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the road during construction of the new cemetery entrance from August 12 through September."

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Light rail work leads to closures, detours on SW Moody cycle track

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
SW Moody cycle track-5-4
Expect the unexpected when you ride
on the Moody cycle track for
the next few months.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The hits in our detour-filled summer just keep on coming...

TriMet has temporary closures in place on the SW Moody Ave cycle track as part of their ongoing Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. The closures started last week and will last through October 18th. DeeAnn Sandberg with TriMet Community Affairs says the closures are necessary to allow TriMet to install tracks in the roadway. SW Moody is a major corridor to the South Waterfront neighborhood (and points south), the Aerial Tram, as well as OHSU's various patient facilities and offices. (more...)

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