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Route Advisory: Bridge repairs will close Springwater in two locations

Posted by on April 19th, 2019 at 8:57 am

Closures start in mid-May.
(Photo: Portland Parks & Recreation)

Portland Parks & Recreation is teeing up two projects that will lead to closures of separate sections of the Springwater Corridor path starting in the middle of May.

The closures will be between SE 45th and 55th and between Circle Avenue and 174th.

Below is the information on each project and the official detour map.

SE 45th Avenue – Bridge Replacement

Bridge #48 located near the Johnson Creek Boulevard trailhead at SE 45th Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard will be replaced. It is the original wooden trestle bridge from the Springwater Division Line rail developed in the early 1900s with footings in Johnson Creek. The new bridge will be constructed with steel and concrete, and its footings will allow for clearer passage of Johnson Creek, which will improve fish habitat and reduce debris accumulation. Construction is expected to start in mid-May 2019, with completion in November 2019.


Circle Avenue – Bridge Decking Replacement

Bridge #140 spans 114 feet and crosses Johnson Creek near Circle Avenue. The western half of the bridge’s structure was replaced with steel in 2006 due to deterioration, and the timber decking was salvaged and reused. The decking has now reached the end of its service life and is presenting a hazardous condition to trail users. It is slippery, uneven, and has large gaps. The decking will be removed and replaced with asphalt. The handrail will be salvaged and reinstalled by the contractor. Construction is expected to start in mid-May 2019, with completion in six to eight weeks.

In other route news… Multnomah County has officially re-opened NW Newberry Road to all users following the repair of a 2017 landslide. The County has also re-opened NW Rocky Point Road after it was closed by landslides in recent storms. Track all our advisories here.

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

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Why the Rube Goldberg detour on Brookside when you can just jump on Johnson Creek for less than a mile?

Johnny Bye Carter
Johnny Bye Carter

Odd that the default Google Maps view is used to show path closures floating out where there are no visible paths. Would have been much easier to visualize for path users if the Bicycling view that actually shows the Springwater Trail was used instead.

Cory F Poole
Cory F Poole

I’m really excited that these bridges will have a concrete deck. The wood planks are horrible on a skateboard. But I’m really sad to see another summer without the springwater trail. It’s not like we have that many car free options here.

Eric H
Eric H

Whoever is the project manager for this work has a very generous definition of “Mid-May” since as of this morning (May 24th) both bridges are still open. There’s been no sign of any prep work other than a few signs that were placed around both bridges and have been moved. Are they just waiting for the height of summer when there will be even more folks out riding on the Springwater?