Construction of a new segment of the Westside Regional Trail is in progress, marking the first step toward completing the trail north of US Highway 26.
When complete, the one-mile long, 10-foot wide segment of shared-use trail will connect the Rock Creek Regional Trail at its north end to Kaiser Road at its south end. The trail is being constructed almost entirely within the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) power line corridor, and will include include a connection to Hansen Ridge Park as well as connections to adjacent neighborhoods and improved access to Kaiser Woods Natural Area.
Rock Creek / Westside Trail connection - looking east
NW Wendy Lane crossing - looking north
NW Wendy Lane crossing - looking south
Trail between NW Wendy Lane & NW Lilium Drive - looking north
NW Lilium Drive crossing - looking north
Trail between NW Lilium Drive & NW Laidlaw Road - looking south
NW Laidlaw Road crossing - looking south
Trail between NW Laidlaw Road & NW 147th Avenue - looking north
The project has been split into two parts in order to complete a portion of the trail sooner. Construction of the trail portion north of 147th Ave (147th Ave north to Rock Creek trail connection) is now complete and open to the public! Contractors may still be present while they complete minor punch-list items along the trail.
The south portion of the trail (147th Ave south to Kaiser Road, and connecting to Hansen Ridge Park) is currently on hold while a final construction schedule is being negotiated with the contractor. The trail has been re-designed to incorporate more boardwalks instead of trail embankment through the Bronson Creek wetland area in response to the wet subgrade conditions that were encountered during summer 2016 construction. The trail alignment has not changed. At this time, the southern portion of the project is expected to commence in June 2018 with project completion in the Fall of 2018. More updates will be provided as they become available.
Tree and brush cutting and clearing, surveying and delineation of the trail corridor may continue without notice until the trail is completed. No earthwork activities will be performed during wet weather months from October 1 through May 31.
During construction, trail closures may occur as necessary to ensure public safety. Signage will be posted at these locations to help guide trail users around the construction area via alternate on-street routes. Closures will be in effect until trail work is completed and trails are open to the public.
In 2008, THPRD applied to Metro for Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) funds to assist in the design and construction of Segment 18.
In 2009, THPRD was awarded $2,399,337 for the project, administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). THPRD worked closely with ODOT to select David Evans & Associates (DEA) as the design consultant for the project.
Master planning, design development/engineering and permitting took nearly four years to complete.
THPRD held its first neighborhood meeting for Westside Trail Segment 18 on December 12, 2012. Staff presented the preliminary trail alignment to neighbors and
Based on site constraints and neighborhood input Staff and consultants refined the alignment and presented the preferred master plan alignment to the THPRD Board of Directors; it was approved on February 4, 2013.
Final construction plans were completed in summer 2015 and the project was bid in September 2015. Please note that all plans are subject to change.
Westside Trail construction will close sidewalks
October 21, 2016
In order to complete sidewalk and ADA improvements at each of the four trail crossings at public right-of-ways on Westside Trail segment 18, crews will need to close several sidewalks to public access for up to four weeks this fall.