Congratulations! After many years of working through the complicated details of engineering, property ownership and easements, Portland Parks and Recreation will begin construction on the Waud Bluff Trail the week of September 19th. The Waud Bluff Trail will be closed beginning next week.
Swan Island will be accessible only via Going Street, a 3 mile detour (see attached map) through the fall of 2012. Staging for the project is on North Willamette Boulevard, and N. Harvard St.
This is a much-anticipated project that will provide a vital link between Willamette Boulevard and Swan Island. Upon completion, trail users will benefit from improved grading and a paved trail surface. New retaining walls will improve erosion control on the steep bluff, and a new bridge will allow users safer access over active Union Pacific railroad tracks onto Swan Island. Other benefits of the project include the addition of new, native plants on site and creation of a pedestrian island and crosswalk on Willamette Blvd. to address longstanding concerns about access to the trail and the Tri-Met bus stop
Construction fencing is expected to go up the week of September 19. Once the project fencing is in place, access will be closed from Willamette Blvd. to Swan Island via the Waud Bluff trail for the duration of the project (Fall 2012).
Swan Island may be accessed via Going Street during construction(see attached map).
This trail project evolved from several previous planning efforts including the North Beach Study, the North Portland Willamette Greenway Feasibility Study and the Swan Island Trails Action Plan. As a result, City Council approved inclusion of this trail in the Transportation System Plan. MTIP (Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Project) funding of $1,175,376 (with $134,524 local match) was secured in 2005.
For further information or for questions about this project, please contact:
Susan Watt, Construction Manager, Portland Parks & Recreation