|Bike and Walk detour in yellow|
|Route starts at Kearney and Fir|
River Road S will be closed from Owens Street S to Minto Island Road S beginning August 13, 2016, to allow for improvements to the slope along a section of River Road S. The closure may last up to nine days.This route really should be paved and formalized as a multi-use path inside of the Park system. The new bridge, it's true, will take pressure off the need for this, but the path along River Road itself is just so icky, all exposed to super zoomy auto traffic.
This section of River Road S has a number of trees along the crest of the slope that have become undermined, and could fall on the roadway. The work involves removing trees and brush from the top and face of the slope, and removing unstable loose rock and soil. This project is similar to the work completed last year just north of the current site.
Vehicular traffic will be detoured along a route that follows Commercial Street SE, Liberty Street S, Madrona Avenue SE, and Croisan Creek Road S (see attached map).
Pedestrians and bicyclists who need a way around the road closure to Minto- Brown Island Park may take a temporary alternate route across the railroad at Kearney Street S, and along the Willamette Slough.
Pedestrians and bicyclists taking this route need to be cautious in crossing the railroad tracks, and should be advised that the alternate route is a gravel road to the park (see attached map).