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Parks Bureau monitoring landslide near Springwater Trail

Posted by on March 17th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Landslide on the Springwater Trail south of
downtown Portland.
(Photo: Ben McLeod)

Heavy rains have caused a landslide that’s just a few feet away from the paved Springwater on the Willamette trail. Reader Ben McLeod sent us a photo of the situation a few hours ago. McLeod tells us the slide is located just about 300-500 feet south of the Ross Island boathouse.

Portland Parks spokesperson Beth Sorensen says their staff is already aware of the slide and a geotech engineer with the Bureau of Environmental Services is “continually monitoring the situation.” Sorensen adds that “People should exercise caution” in the area. Signs saying, “Unstable banks – Stay on paved trail” have already gone up, but the trail is not closed at this time.

The Springwater Trail provides a crucial link between downtown and Southeast Portland and the Sellwood neighborhood. A closure of the trail for any length of time would be a major inconvenience. We’ll keep you posted if any closures are announced.

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  • Suburban March 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I’d ride that, CX

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  • stasia March 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I’m still sad about the Milwaukie Ave/Springwater connector being closed. Every time I go by I hope that the caution tape will be down, but it’s still looking pretty grim. The “closed until [very ambiguous] further notice” sign certainly does not inspire hope. [http://www.carfreerambles.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/IMG_3439.jpg]

    Anyone know anything about future plans? Or is it more of a wait-until-it-stops-raining kind of thing?

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  • BURR March 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    they should fix all these problems when they close the trail for the Oaks Bottom culvert work, is that still happening next summer? Most of these slides are a result of the combination of the oversteepened bluff slope and faulty drainage.

    As far as the new landslide goes, from the picture it looks like a pretty minor surface slide, unless it is spreading east and cracks are forming in the trail there, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

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  • Alexis May 3, 2011 at 7:29 am

    According to the Sellwood Bee for May (neighborhood newsletter section, p. 3), Parks doesn’t expect to reopen the connector until late May or June.

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