with using this portion of N Interstate for the
Willamette Greenway Trail.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
The dream for the North Portland Greenway trail project has always been to extend the Eastbank Esplanade to St. Johns along the river. It was envisioned as a path that would be separated from motor vehicle traffic, just like Esplanade and Springwater exist today through the Central City.
Unfortunately, design and engineering of the project is moving forward with the assumption that the "trail" will actually be routed away from river and along busy, narrow, and dangerous roads.
When the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) bureau came out with plans back in September showing the preferred alignment up on N Greeley and Interstate Ave, there was widespread criticism and concern. (more...)