Three Bridges McLoughlin span. Photo by Bryan Dorr, May 15, 2007.

Three Bridges Grand Opening Set for Saturday

PORTLAND—After seven months from its dedication ceremony, the Spring Water Corridor Three Bridges will be celebrating its grand opening this Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The celebration will be held at the 1.5 miles section between SE 19th Ave. and SE Ochoco St., and SE 45th Ave. and SE Johnson Creek Blvd. The new section is between SE 19th Ave. and SE Ochoco St., and SE 28th Ave and Sherrette St. The points also include SE 28th Ave. and Sherrette St., and at the trailhead at SE 37th Ave.

Ceremony activities include bicycling demonstrations, education from bike safety to how the bridges were built, live music and performances, and refreshments.

The asphalt-paved Springwater Trail is a shallow grade, meaning that the trail is easy to walk or ride on, with exception to the steep SE 37th Ave. trailhead.

Portland Parks and Recreation, Office of Transportation and Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro, SMILE, the City of Milwaukie, and the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association are hosting the event.

Construction on the Three Bridges began in 2005 and completed on October 19, 2006, at a total cost of $5.09 million, from funds allocated by the Federal Transportation Enhancement Act.

In the climax of the bridge construction in May of 2006, an exposed sewer pipe that carries up to 20 million gallons of sewage and storm water daily, became a dangerous environmental threat and needed to be replaced.

The sewer line replacement project shut down the Springwater trail between SE 28th Ave. and SE 45th Ave, inculding the access from SE 37th Ave. Meanwhile improvements and restoration were made to the Tideman Johnson Natural Area.

A dedication ceremony was held on October 19, 2006, where about 200 people attended under the windy, drizzly weather conditions. The 1.5 miles stretch reopened to the public in November, 2006.

The Springwater Corridor begins at SE 4th Ave. and SE Ivon near OMSI, travels 22 miles through SE Portland and Gresham before ending in Boring. The trail is paved, but then becomes gravel at SE Rugg Rd. in Gresham for the final 2.2 miles to Boring.

Approximately 600,000 cyclists and pedestrians travel on the Springwater Corridor. Towards east Portland and Gresham, horses (equine) commonly share the trail.

Source: Portland Parks and Recreation

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