South Bank Path Delays- Wednesday May 18

This just in from Lee Shoemaker, City of Eugene Bike/Ped Coordinator:

Below is a news release from ODOT regarding path delays on the North Bank Path between Delta Hwy and the North Bank Restaurant next Wednesday, 5/18.  The best route next Wednesday is the South Bank Path between 6 am and 5 pm.

Hazard tree removal to create delays on a Eugene ped/bike path

EUGENE- Bike and pedestrian travel on the North Bank Path of Eugene’s Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail system will be delayed Wednesday, May 18, 2011 when a contractor for ODOT tops and falls seven hazard trees on ODOT Right of Way that threaten I-105.

The affected section of the North Bank Path is located south of I-105, between the DeFazio Ped/Bike Bridge on the east and the Greenway Ped/Bike Bridge on the west.  The trees currently stand between mile point .75 and 1.25 of the North Bank Path.

From 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 18, the contractor will need to place equipment on the path which will create 15-20 minute delays for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Travelers on the path may prefer to take the South Bank Path during the construction period or be prepared for delays.  Flaggers will be located on the path to control travel during the construction period.

Of the seven trees, two will remain where they fall for habitat enhancement.  The remaining five trees will be limbed and topped and will remain standing for wildlife habitat.  Limbs and debris will be removed from the area.

Map of area:

Area of Delay in Red

Why Do Cyclists Wear Rubber Boots?

Winter 2009.

When I’m riding eastbound on the south bank of the Willamette River Path, heading towards the Knickerbocker Bridge,  there’s a funny sign that sticks out of the river just past the railroad underpass. I use that sign as an informal way to track the height of the river. In the summer, you can see a lot of the pole below the yellow sign itself. Even when the river is running pretty high in the winter, you can usually make out at least the top of the sign. Well, we’ve been having rather a lot of rain this June. This Friday morning on the way to work, I rode under the railroad trestle and noticed something new:  my little sign was totally underwater.

And then I noticed that the path was underwater, as well. Here’s how it looked around 9:30 on Friday morning:

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Water lapping at the South Bank river trail

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