Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 6th, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(Map of project boundaries courtesy of the City of Portland)
If you’re one of thousands of Portlanders who ride on the Springwater Corridor Trail, you’ll be happy to know that — thanks to federal economic stimulus funding — the entire length of the trail (not on the riverfront) in the city of Portland will be repaved.
The $1.8 million for the project was approved yesterday by the Metro Council and it comes out of the $38 million they received from President Obama’s federal economic stimulus package (I’ll have more on Metro’s stimulus spending next week. Hint: They did much better than ODOT).
The trail in this section is in dire need of help. Weather and time have taken their toll on the surface and it has become very bumpy and uncomfortable to ride on.
According to Portland Bureau of Transportation project manager Kyle Chisek, the project will repave the Springwater from the Union Pacific Railroad bridge near McLoughlin Blvd., all the way east to the Gresham city border (at Jenne Road/174th). Here’s more about the project from Chisek:
“The current project will provide new surface by either grinding and replacing chipseal with asphaltic concrete or providing overlay. The existing trail width will be maintained with minor improvements to bollards, signs, striping, shoulders, adjacent vegetation and intersections.”
If all goes well, crews could start the project this summer and it should be finished in “a couple of months”.