Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Tualatin official reminding public to stay out of trail work area

Greenway Trail completion project on track for April ribbon-cutting

COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - Work crews are building a wide boardwalk that will make up a section of the Greenway Trail in between Interstate 5 and the former RV Park of Portland.Work on the city of Tualatin's project to complete the missing three-quarter-mile link in the Tualatin River Greenway Trail is proceeding on schedule, its community services director said Thursday. But that doesn't mean the trail is ready for public use.

Paul Hennon said he has had to escort people from the work area where the trail is being constructed several times. In another instance, he said, workers had to repair a section near the Nyberg Rivers shopping center where someone walked through wet concrete.

“It's a construction area,” he said. “It's not safe for public use.”

Construction on the trail project, which connects non-contiguous sections of the Greenway Trail from Southwest Barngrover Way to Southwest Nyberg Lane, began this summer. It is scheduled to wrap up early next year, and Hennon is targeting April 9, 2016, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“It's always a challenge to get done so people can use it,” he said. “Otherwise, we're constantly working and spending energy to keep people off of it.”

Some parts of the trail are already well-developed. Hennon said all concrete work on the trail east of Interstate 5, which the trail passes beneath along the south bank of the Tualatin River, has been done, and workers are in the midst of constructing an elevated boardwalk on the trail segment's eastern end that will be wide and sturdy enough for emergency and maintenance vehicles to drive across it. Five scenic overlooks along the trail are also now taking shape.

But there are still safety hazards in the work area. There are deep holes in the ground, heavy machinery and trucks are steadily operating or moving through, and the terrain is uneven in places. Safety railings along the boardwalk, which Hennon said is as high as six feet above the ground, haven't been completed yet.

“Nobody should be on (the boardwalk) that isn't working on it,” he said.

People in Tualatin are “keenly interested” in the trail work, Hennon remarked.

There are also a number of interpretive elements planned for the trail, including “erratic” boulders brought to the Tualatin area by the Missoula floods about 15,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age; representations of fossils and bones from animals that used to inhabit the region; and stylized elements that will be built into the trail itself, such as tracks and footprints, bands of glass representing glacial floodwaters, and a textured representation of the plank roads that provided some of the earliest routes for commerce in the region during and after the time of the Oregon Trail.

The $3.76 million project, which is largely being funded through grants and donations, will effectively complete the last missing link in a 4 ½-mile trail running through Tualatin, Durham and Tigard. Hennon said the new segment “really magnifies the value of it.”

New signage will help tie the new segment in with the existing sections of the trail, he added.

The city is also working to restore about two and a half acres of habitat along the trail to offset construction impacts. Hennon said that work is part of the trail project.


Local Weather





Humidity: 96%

Wind: 7 mph

  • 1 Dec 2015

    Rain 40°F 35°F

  • 2 Dec 2015

    PM Showers 46°F 42°F