Before all the Christmas festivities began, there was time, and sun, and the opportunity to get on the bike. So I decided to ride out over the bridge to take a closer look at some of the issues before work began. The planned January closing date has been pushed back to allow time for more study, but I was also anxious to see the progress made to the walkway along the river in Oregon City.
Most all the walkway railings are cracked.
In many places the concrete is just gone.
There is cabling stretched around some of the pillars.
All the pillars and arches have cracks in the concrete.
This is actually just the covering over the underlying steel, so it may not be as dangerous as it first appears, but still…..
The bridge is tired, worn and dirty but it remains a visually pleasing structure.
On closer look you can see that work to gain access has begun underneath.
Remember, the Oregon City Bridge is closing after the first of the year.
For like two years.
So, guess that means even more traffic for the Sellwood, Oregon’s most heavily travelled two lane bridge.
Looks like they are going to be shuttling bikes and walker though.
One more reason to ride a bike?
For more info: ODOTs site
We have a bicycle tour plannedÂ for The Netherlands later this summer. I imagine I will have more to say on this later, but the first step in preparation is to unpack the folding Bike Friday bicycles and take them out for the inaugural ride of the year.Â So its out through Gladstone to Oregon City for some fun in the sun, a tour of the local bridges and a turn-around conveniently located at a Starbucks.
Out on the back-roads we stopped to talk to 3 guys who were preparing to take their motorized bicycles out for a trial.Â These are actual bicycles that they have outfitted with 48cc engines, apparently from a kit for just this purpose.Â They claim aÂ top speed of 45 on them. I am comfortable doing 45 on my bicycle, I am somehow uncomfortable with doing that on a bicycle with a motor.
From here is was across the Clackamas on the Park Street bike/pedestrian bridge,Â along the paths following the Clackamas and then a cruise through Clackamette Park.
… and then towards Oregon City along the Willamette.Â There’s a short path from Clackamette Park that leads to Oregon City.Â The later part is still closed due to some traffic improvements along McLoughlin, but we wanted to get down there to see the progress as it is part our full bike commute.
We can ride just past the under side of the Glenn Jackson bridge, which is I-205 over the Willamette, then its time to head back to find that Starbucks.