Eastside Greenway Trail re-opens to bicyclists and pedestrians

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A cyclist enjoys the new Eastside Greenway Trail on June 30, 2014 during the first hours of the unofficial re-opening.

A cyclist enjoys the new Eastside Greenway Trail on June 30, 2014 during the first hours of the unofficial re-opening.

Get the closest view yet of the new Tilikum Crossing

The Eastside Greenway Trail along the Willamette River has re-opened between southeast Caruthers Street and OMSI. The multi-use path had been closed for 14 months during the initial construction phase of the Tilikum Crossing that was built over the trail.

The re-opening of the greenway also allows bicyclists and pedestrians to travel under Tilikum Crossing, providing you the closest view yet of the new transit bridge.

The re-opening of the Eastside Greenway Trail gives the public its first look at the underbelly of Tilikum Crossing.

The re-opening of the Eastside Greenway Trail gives the public its first look at the underbelly of Tilikum Crossing.

The bike/pedestrian improvements to nearby southeast Water Avenue made as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will remain in place. This gives bicyclists two designated options to travel through the area and make connections with the Springwater Corridor Trail.

This fall, as part of the project, more bike and pedestrian improvements will be put in between the river and southeast Powell Boulevard.

About the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Tilikum Crossing is the first multi-modal bridge in the U.S. to carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bikes and pedestrians, but no private vehicles. When the bridge and the entire Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project opens on Sept. 12, 2015, it will improve transit service in this corridor, as well as expand bike and pedestrian facilities.

Tilikum Crossing is the first bridge built over the Willamette River in Portland in more than 40 years, and will be the first cable-stayed bridge for the region, extending 1,720 feet (.326 miles) over the river. The bridge includes two 14-foot-wide multi-use paths—one on the north side and one on the south—the widest multi-use paths on any bridge in Portland.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:

  • 7.3 miles
  • 10 stations
  • The first of its kind multi-modal transit bridge will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension, but no private vehicles.
  • Opens Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners

The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet.