TriMet and PGE improvement projects planned for Springwater Corridor Trail

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Projects require additional closure of trail in Southeast Portland

TriMet and PGE have two upcoming improvement projects along the Springwater Corridor Trail that will require the temporary closure of a section of the trail, a Portland Parks & Recreation facility. For their safety, bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured off the trail beginning Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 28. Trail users are encouraged to use SE Johnson Creek Boulevard and SE Tacoma Street between SE 45th Avenue and TriMet’s SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek MAX Station while the closure is in effect.

TriMet improves access to MAX station

TriMet will improve access to the SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek MAX Station from the Springwater Corridor Trail. Crews will construct a stairway so pedestrians using the trail can safely and easily connect with the MAX Orange Line at the SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek Station. While the project will only require the closure of the Springwater Corridor Trail September 17-28, construction will take three months, from Monday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Dec. 21. During that time trail users attempting to access the MAX station from the west will be directed to the sidewalk along McLoughlin Boulevard.

PGE improves power grid reliability

PGE crews will be replacing 12 utility poles dating back from the early- to mid-1900s. The purpose of the PGE project is to build a more reliable and resilient grid to serve the Southeast Portland and Milwaukie corridor, and reduce unintended power outages. This project is one of many enhancements PGE is making to modernize the grid and create a platform for a clean energy future.

Coordination avoids separate closures

TriMet and PGE are coordinating their work on these two projects to avoid separate closures. To further reduce the disruption to trail users, the projects also are being completing during the major restoration of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, which already has the Springwater Corridor Trail closed nearby.

TriMet and PGE thank trail users for their patience as the improvements are made. Detour notices will be posted along the trail during the construction period. Visit the Portland Parks & Recreation web page for more about Springwater Corridor Trail closures.