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Portion of Fanno Creek Trail closes for improvements

Joggers along the Fanno Creek trail might need to find a new place to run.

Starting Oct. 7, a short section of Fanno Creek Trail from Southwest Main Street to the George Morlan Plumping Supply store in Tigard will be closed for construction.

Currently, people using the trail come down Southwest Main Street at Johnson Street to reconnect with the trail. When finished, the new trail segment will run through an existing underpass beneath Pacific Highway to Grant Avenue.

City officials call the work a “key part” of the larger trail system, which stretches from Portland to Tualatin.

“We have been working on the trail all summer and are now focused on the downtown area,” said Kim McMillan, engineering manager for the city. “We are most excited about the underpass lighting — it will improve visibility and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Work crews will install streetlights under Pacific Highway, install a 10-foot-wide concrete trail and replace streetlights on Southwest Main Street.

Plans are also to increase stormwater quality and restore native plants along the creek.

Joggers and pedestrians using the trail will need to take detours around the section.

Shoppers and business owners in the area should expect some disruption. Work crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week. Contractors will need to block several parking spaces near Fanno Creek as a staging area.

Traffic on Main Street is expected to remain open during construction, with flaggers providing traffic control.

The construction is expected to last through November.

A 24-hour hotline has been set up to report issues: 503-866-5784.



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