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Rail tracks paved over on SE 2nd Ave

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 at 9:16 am

Anyone that rides north/south in the Central Eastside Industrial district (a place woefully lacking in north/south connections) will appreciate this. The other day I noticed that the old rail tracks that had made the ride very bumpy, annoying, and dangerous (for some), have been paved over! It’s now a nice a smooth ride! See the photo below…

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Nice! I like to sometimes get off the Hawthorne at the Esplanade and then ride through the industrial district over to NE Davis and then cut up across MLK/Grand there. Will be especially nice when the new traffic signals on Davis at MLK and Grand go live!


I have hated those things ever since I ran into them in the dark one night (even with a headlight they are hard to see) resulting in a pinch flat and a dented rim on my brand new rear wheel. Thanks to whoever made this happen!


Finally! Now if they would only fix the paving on SE Salmon @ Water Ave, exiting the Esplanade, which is the ‘official’ bike route, that would be awesome! It’s all exposed track, heavily broken pavement and old brick. It’s actually far worse, in my opinion, than 2nd was.

Steve B

I took a spill one rainy day on these tracks, still have the scar to show for it.

Glad it’s fixed!


looks like that was the last section of track remaining in that area…

I don’t usually take it since I’m either on the esplanade or 11th/12th, but good to know it’s there…