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Bumps on Willamette Greenway Trail

Subscriber Post by djstabe on May 10th, 2018 at 7:41 am

Can we do anything about the pavement breaks and bumps on the westside Willamette Greenway Trail? The bad section is south of Rosswood Restaurant — looks like Floragenex, Inc. and OTRADI Bioscience Incubator are businesses that look out on that section of the trail. Am I right that the maintenance of that part is the responsibility of the businesses? With the closing of the Springwater from July to October, more of us will ride the west side and it’s dangerous.

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  • Karstan Lovorn May 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    ACK! Yes! This is a huge pet peeve of mine. It’s a HUGE hazard. Spray-painting a tiny line along the top of these bumps doesn’t somehow make them safe. Particularly when the sun isn’t up.

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  • Spiffy May 11, 2018 at 8:20 am

    everyone should use the PDX reporter app and the Sidewalk Trip Hazard category… that should go to PBOT for them to follow up on as they regulate the public ROW in town…

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    • Karstan Lovorn May 11, 2018 at 9:47 am

      The app seems to be missing from the android store. Bummer. :/

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    • djstabe May 11, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for the tip where to report a hazard.

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  • Spiffy May 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    it looks like the lines are there to let them know where they need to patch, as if the process is already underway… nice clean lines done with a remote reach can specifically for that purpose by a surveyor… if it was the business warning you of the hazard they probably would have used safety orange/yellow with more overspray…

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    • Karstan Lovorn May 11, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Those lines have been there for years, and seem to be refreshed regularly.

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  • Oregon Duck May 11, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I looked into this as well. The City of Portland Parks and Recreation Department and the Bureau of Transportation share responsibility of the waterfront bike paths, it just depends on the location as to which one handles it. If you can’t get the app to work you can contact them at 503-823-7529.

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  • djstabe May 24, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Mark Ross at Parks & Rec replied to my questions. Doesn’t look hopeful anytime soon.

    “Yes, PP&R recognizes that there are bumps in the Greenway trail due to tree roots and is looking into repairing the section in the area of Cottonwood Bay-which I believe is the one you are referencing. At this time, the work is not under contract and there is no timeline. You might know already but contractors are very busy right now in this city! So the way things stand, unless the work on the Greenway Trail can be completed by June 30, prior to the closure of the Springwater Trail on the eastside, repairs will not be undertaken until after the Springwater Trail is re-opened. Looking into how this plays out is a top priority for our construction team.”


    Mark Ross
    Media Relations | Community Relations
    Portland Parks & Recreation
    503-823-6634 (mobile)
    503-823-5300 (office)

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) May 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      thanks for staying on top of this djstabe. That’s not a great response by Parks. I’ll be in touch with Mark more as the closure happens I’m sure and this will be good information to have up my sleeve. Thanks and please keep me posted on your experiences dealing with the upcoming closure.

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  • Steven Sherlag May 31, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Karstan, funny how we live in a small town.

    Wonder how long the City has known of the condition of this pathway? It’s an extreme hazard and has been for some time. Light can be poor even on sunny days as trees obscure the path hazards.

    This is not the first the City learned of the hazard — it’s been in poor condition for years, and I reported it to them in January of 2017.

    If a private property owner had sidewalks in this condition, they’d be liable in a lawsuit for injuries. The City, supposedly bike friendly, hides behind all types of legal defenses when people are injured due to the City’s neglect.

    Shame on you Portland.

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