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 nearly complete. Contractors are working to finish some last remaining items the trail will be formally opened to the public in the coming weeks!
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 be completed in late summer/fall 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. None to limited earthwork activities will be performed during wet weather months from October 1 through May 31.
During construction, trail closures between NW Laidlaw Road and the Rock Creek Trail may occur. 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.