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Closure of Leif Erikson road in Forest Park begins Monday

Posted by on September 8th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

This landslide resulted in a project
that will close Leif Erikson
Road for four weeks.
(Photo: Portland Parks & Rec)

Portland Parks & Recreation has released details of a closure to Leif Erikson Road in Forest Park that begins this coming Monday (9/13) and is estimated to last four weeks.

Heavy rains back in June caused a landslide that resulted a part of the popular road to fall down the hillside. Parks had already planned to replace a culvert in that area so now the plan is to bring in the heavy equipment and get the job done. Unfortunately, in order to bring in their heavy equipment and trucks, the entire trail will be closed temporarily from Milepost 7 to Milepost 11 (at NW Germantown Road) to all users.

This is unfortunate timing given that it’s cyclocross season. Parks is aware of the popularity of Leif Erikson and they made a point in a statement to say, “The City’s contractor may also work seven days a week to finish the repairs as quickly as possible.”

I’ve pasted a map of the closure below (download PDF here):

The project will replace the existing culvert, stabilize the hillside, and rebuild a section of the roadway. The many trails that intersect Leif Erikson will remain open during the project, but users should exercise caution when crossing the road.

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  • Tom September 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    This would not have been a problem in the early days of cyclocross, in fact it would have been welcome.

    These days, it’s just wankers from Lake Oswego with $2000 carbon fiber wheelsets doing cyclocross.

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  • flywater September 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    So I suppose this means that the radical rapists of the land who call themselves single trackers will use this as an excuse to forge illegal and destructive trails through the forest.

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  • Peter September 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Another friggin Obama repair job keeping us down. Another friggin single tracker attempt to destroy our pristine park. Friggin conspiracy.

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  • Oliver September 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    You can sure tell it’s the run-up to an election season. The first posters on each of the boards have all got their hackles up.

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  • Shawn September 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I just came down leif and it is definitely closed right now.

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  • david....no! the other one September 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Maybe I missed the exact location, but isnt this the location of where the TWO Range Rover SUV’s tried to go down the side hill earlier this year? Somebody clarify this for me please!

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  • middle of the road guy September 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

    @1 Tom,

    so what if it is “just wankers from Lake Oswego with $2000 carbon fiber wheelsets doing cyclocross.”

    Did you ask them where they were from or are you just projecting. If they can afford such things, who are you to judge? You should be thankful they are putting money into the local cycling community.

    The jealousy level people have for residents of lake oswego is always amusing to me.

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  • jim September 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    what would leif erikson do?

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