COMMENTS: 238th Drive rebuild plan spooks area residents
This story, posted to Facebook on Friday, March 2, details a plan scheduled to begin by 2019 to rebuilding the curvy stretch of 238th Drive between Glisan and Halsey streets in Wood Village. The improvements include 10-foot-wide shared paths for walkers and bikers on both sides of the roadway, plus easier curves designed to allow semi-trucks to navigate up or down the hill. Here's what some people had to say on Facebook:
• No. Just no. I see so many near head-on collisions, get almost hit myself, etc. The plan isn't going to change the road that much. It really is inappropriate for big trucks.
• The whole focus is to get semis to I-84 simpler, no matter what. City of Gresham is banking on this to get freight in and out of Gresham Vista. Sidewalks, bike lanes, still only three lanes for vehicles, add in semis. Disaster waiting to happen.
Marie Luther Pokorny
• Maybe if the goal is to make a connector for cars and trucks. Do it. Don't get bogged down with always needing to install bike paths and artwork.
• "238th is terrible. I would never ride my bike there," commented Commissioner Lori Stegmann, who represents East Multnomah County. "After this road project, I wouldn't be afraid."
(Multi-use paths) on both sides of the roadway would undoubtedly make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, but that still leaves motorists at risk from longer and heavier semi-trucks. I go out of my way to avoid that road now. Fairview Parkway and 257th are perfectly fine alternatives for trucks.
• In my opinion, the connection between I-84 and Highway 26 should have been figured out prior to the cancellation of the plan that was in place that connected them starting at the Marquam bridge. While nobody wants it in their neighborhood, the longer this is put off the more difficult it will become.
OSU study: Snowpack declines across the West
This story, posted Friday, March 2, highlighted a study by Oregon State University climate researchers that found that snowpack has declined significantly at monitoring sites around the West. Researchers attribute the snowpack decline to warmer temperatures, not a lack of precipitation. Here's what some people had to say on Facebook:
• Seriously, now they want to say we have a low snowpack when we had like 120 percent last year. What would it have been at 140 percent normal? Hope this study did not cost much. If we get too much snow then we have flooding. Can't win with the researchers.
Laurie Larson Marshall
• We had record levels last year. I'm guessing they just threw that number out.
Gresham's business core's past comes alive
We posted this story on Thursday, March 1, describing the Historical Society's exhibit showcasing downtown Gresham's evolution since the 1890s. This is what some people had to say on Facebook:
• I worked at Rexall in the mid-90s in high school. I remember all their old pharmacy bottles on display in the soda fountain
• My grandma was a pharmacy tech for almost her whole working career at Rexall drugs and took me down in the basement as a kid it was kinda creepy but so cool to feel the history there.