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Willamette Greenway path closed for two weeks – UPDATED

Posted by on November 29th, 2016 at 9:36 am

Willamette Greenway path closure through December 14th.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Willamette Greenway path closure through December 14th.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A construction project on the west side of the Willamette River just south of the South Waterfront district has closed the Greenway path and the City of Portland has offered no official detour.

Crews from Fore Construction are building the Sanctuary Apartments at 4800 SW Landing Drive. A notice distributed by the company last week said work on the apartments will include the rebuilding and resurfacing of the Willamette Greenway path and the path will be closed through December 14th.

Fore’s statement said, “We will endeavor to keep as much of the trail open as possible during this period.” There was no specific timeline for when the path would be fully closed or open during construction and no detour map was provided with the company statement. We asked Fore and the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau what bicycle riders should do when the path is closed.

We heard back from PP&R’s Community Engagement and Public Involvement Manager Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong. She said, “There is no viable detour for this project – the immediately adjacent property is private, Macadam is not where we would put bikes.” Kennedy-Wong said the bureau “hopes” that people will simply avoid the Greenway path and opt for the Springwater path on the east side of the river while using the Tilikum or Sellwood Bridges to avoid the closure.

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I scoped out the situation yesterday and found that the path was fully closed. There was a sign (see above) but it said only “find an alternate route” and offered no detour or signage to get around. The issue here is the best path around the construction is through private property (residential), so the City of Portland isn’t allowed to tell people to use it. So, what should you do? Here are some suggestions:

If you’re headed southbound from the South Waterfront district, take the path from Bancroft and continue south onto Moody. Then go right (west) on SW Hamilton Court and take the first left onto SW Landing Drive. Then take another left onto SW Landing Square, which will drop you back onto the Greenway path near the boat docks. Do this route in reverse if you are heading northbound. I made a map below:

Green: Suggested detour Red: Closure Yellow: Greenway path (Graphic: BikePortland)

Green: Suggested detour
Red: Closure
Yellow: Greenway path
(Graphic: BikePortland)

Hopefully this inconvenience is worth it when the path re-opens with a smoother surface and more direct connection. Stay tuned.

(Please share your experience with this closure in the comments.)

UPDATE, 01/02/16: The path is still closed. The business manager for the company in charge of the project says the path closure will last longer than expected. In an email to a BikePortland reader on 12/30/16, Mackenzie Allaert of Fore Property Company said, “Due to the unexpected weather, the work that needed to be complete was delayed. After speaking with the construction team this morning, they have assured me they are working diligently to complete the work. They are anticipating being able to reopen the trail on January 9th.”

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Thanks for a map

Hope maps become a more common feature in articles discussing places!

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

Would PBOT close an auto route without identifying a detour?

mw
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Whenever I have to go that way, I always take the suggested detour route anyway. The bike path is too twisty, too narrow in parts, you have to share with pedestrians/dog walkers, and it is extremely ridden with bumps especially north of the construction zone. There’s almost no car traffic on SW Landing/Moody and you can just zip through.

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How does cutting over to Landing Dr. placing cyclists on private property. Is that a private road? If it is public, Landing Dr. seems like a reasonable detour that avoids Macadam and could have easily been signed as the official detour.

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I work in the office buildings around here so I mostly take the green detour route anyway. Not quite sure why there’s no detour marked for Landing Dr. I will say that the little detour jog on SW Hamilton Ct can be steep for some users, although it is short. Also want to point out that there’s also a little pathway just south of the red X’s marking the closed route that will take you back onto the greenway earlier than the indicated detour.

rick
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rick

That development is an eyesore! Why are they allowed to built it so close to the banks of the river?

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The same trail just got closed for a few weeks further south in Willamette Park when the trail was repaved, and the detour was just riding across the grass, which turned into a mud quagmire after a couple days. Then the detour became just riding on the gravel trail after the pavement was removed. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that after the trail was dug up, the work stopped for a couple weeks.

I don’t think the City understands how many people use it, and for non-recreational use.

Spiffy
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#WorkZoneWTF

rick
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Once again, bikeportland shows the good and the bad. This trail is often used by people just wanting to breathe clean air.

Al Dimond
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It’s not like official detours can’t be done on private roads, you just have to get the owners of the road to agree to it. Up in Seattle this happened in October: a Burke-Gilman Trail detour was installed over what was otherwise a private parking lot, through a fence that’s otherwise closed. Shouldn’t be too hard for a bike path with sections already on private land, around construction on a property accessed exclusively by the same private road network! For such a project securing an appropriate bike and pedestrian detour could be a condition of the construction permit!

Pete
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Jonathan’s mapped route on SW Landing Way is easy. I rode it both directions this morning. In some ways its more direct and even safer than the riverside route. Yeah, the contractor and the City could have been a whole lot more helpful with the signage but I fervently hope the cycling community is clever enough to adapt. Hey, didn’t we handle the old Sellwood Bridge and the construction project just fine?

Eric Leifsdad
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Eric Leifsdad

“Macadam is not where we would put bikes.” as if PP&R has any say on that.

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q

Does anyone know (I may have missed the answer somewhere above)–will the permanent trail be on the same route around the building as the red Xs?

This came up a couple months ago in an article, and people were assuming the final trail would go straight past the west end of the new building, because the new building juts out so close to the river that a trail wrapping around it on the river side would be narrow with tight, nearly-blind turns, so making that the permanent trail would be preposterous.