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Willamette Greenway Trail north of Steel Bridge bridge re-opens

Posted by on October 4th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Newly repaired path looking north.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A portion of the Willamette River Greenway Trail that closed back in July 2010 has now been re-opened.

The managers of the McCormick Pier condos closed a segment of the path about midway between the Broadway and Steel Bridges after noticing surface cracks caused by erosion. The damaged area of the Greenway Trail fell under the responsibility of the McCormick Pier Condominium homeowners association (as per a 2002 agreement with Portland Parks & Recreation).

Lisa Campbell with Community Management Incorporated, the agency that handled the repairs, said they spent about $50,000. Campbell says the lengthy closure was just a matter of getting all the designs and permits approved by the City of Portland.

Here’s another shot of the new path segment looking south with the Steel Bridge in the background.

Looking south with Steel Bridge in the distance.

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  • noah October 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Today I learned there’s a trail north of the Steel Bridge.

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  • captainkarma October 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Wish there was a meter or ticker or something that would register how many total square feet of dedicated bicycle infrastructure exists in PDX in real-time. It would go “ker-ching!” everytime some was added.

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    • captainkarma October 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      added or restored, of course.

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  • David Hembrow October 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Sorry, but I can’t help but think this is some kind of parody post. It’s surely not really taken that long, to repair such a short stretch of path ? That’s not how progress is made towards first class cycling facilities.

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    • sunningotter October 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

      Welcome to the Platinum city of Portland, where parking garage owners can passive-agressively shut down a major infrastructure link.

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      • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) October 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

        This is far from a “major infrastructure link.” It could/should be perhaps, but the way it’s designed — and the fact that Naito is much more direct and efficient — it’s really more of a jogging/walking path from my experience.

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        • Dan V October 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

          Sorry, Jonathan; I was partially venting about the SNAFU over in the Lloyd District. Isn’t the North Portland Greenway supposed to be on the other side of the river?

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  • Greg October 5, 2011 at 7:13 am

    The path north of the Steel is nice for walking and running, but I really wouldn’t consider it a “cycling” facility. Of course you can cycle on it, it just isn’t designed very well for that purpose.

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  • Pedalworks October 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It may not be the best biking trail in town, but it is one of only two places on the Willamette downtown where one can hand launch a small kayak or boat. We roll our sailboat on a tricycle down to this trail every other week or so and launch at the beach or staircase just South of the trail repair. We also had this as the Pull-out location for “Paddlepalooza!” Having this trail restored is great for all joggers, landlubbers, and bicycle-boating brethren.

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  • roger noehren October 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

    This is good news! I’ve missed this segment along the waterfront, which has excellent river views and beach access (great blackberries!).
    As the article points out it’s on private property owned by a condo association, so it’s not surprising it took so long.
    I intend to ride on it this afternoon.

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  • jered October 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    the city could kill two birds with one stone if they would just NOT PUT SKATE STOPPERS ON EVERY LEDGE. The Eastside esplinade was the best skate spot when it was first built… oh well.

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    • noah October 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Today I learned what a skate stopper is.

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  • GlowBoy October 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Glad to see this is repaired. I occasionally enjoy pootling around on this path.

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