Here’s why you can’t ride through the Springwater path right now

Aerial view of the Oaks Bottom Habitat Enhancement Project.
(Photos: Bureau of Environmental Services)

We’re over halfway through the 114-day closure of the Springwater Corridor path. We all knew it would be a tough closure (even city staff admitted it would be “uncomfortable”), but judging from the lack of complaints we’ve heard here at BikePortland HQ, it seems like most of you have adjusted to it.


Whatever your take is on a four-month, peak season closure of one of the most important bicycle routes in Portland, we thought it’d be helpful and/or interesting to show you why it had to happen. These aerial images (which we were reminded of thanks to subscriber djstabe) from the Bureau of Environmental Services show the vast scope of the work:

That dude in the middle is standing right where the path used to be!

If you haven’t heard, the project is intended to improve the flow of water and wildlife between the Oaks Bottom wetlands and the Willamette River. You can learn more about it here. Sit tight and make sure to know the alternate routes. The path is scheduled to re-open November 1st.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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