Portland Parks & Recreation plans to close a portion of the Willamette Greenway Trail starting tomorrow (June 5th). The closure will allow work crews to flatten out several sections where tree roots have caused bumps and cracks in the pavement across the path.
Parks says they’ve known about this uneven pavement for a while now, but they bumped up the timeline due to the upcoming four-month closure of the Springwater Corridor on the other side of the river. That closure begins July 1 is expected to route many people to the Willamette Greenway Trail as an alternate. In addition to the Springwater project, Parks also heard from concerned bicycle users who reported the bumps.
BikePortland subscriber David Stabler reported the problem and requested the repairs in a post on April 11th.
Parks said the 3-4 day closure will start at 8:00 am and last no later than 7:00 pm daily. Please note that you will not be allowed to pass through the work zone during that time. Parks suggests using the Sellwood, Tilikum or Hawthorne Bridges to get to the west side of the river. They should have signs up warning about the closure as of today (if they don’t, let me know and we’ll remind them).
UPDATE, 6/6: The map below was created by reader Paul Souders. It shows how to easily navigate around the closure:
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