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The project has been ongoing in fits and starts for months, but the viewing platform is now almost done

DAVID F. ASHTON - By mid-October, the Oaks Bottom Viewing Platform Project, on the Springwater Trail at Oaks Park, looked nearly completed. Building an elevated area – the "Oaks Bottom Viewing Platform, adjacent to Oaks Park – where folks could step off the Springwater Corridor Trail to view the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Area, was stalled for a while this summer because of crumbling soil in the area. Contractors found they had to deal with what was called "unexpected underground conditions", at the point where the ramp from the trail up to the platform was to be built. The problem was resolved by installing "slope stability measures".

While that work took place, the project didn't come to a complete standstill. By the end of August, crews were busy framing the platform, securing sturdy posts to the foundation pilings, and building what will be the ramp up to the platform.

However, the smoky and hazardous air from wildfires stalled the project again in mid-September. By mid-October, the railings were installed, and the concrete ramp had been poured and was curing. Yet to be completed, however, was the installation of bike racks.

When it's all done, this will be the final amenity to be constructed to complete the "Oaks Bottom Habitat Enhancement Project" started back in 2018 by the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Portland Parks & Recreation. THE BEE will continue to keep an eye on it, and will report its completion.


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