Backlog of needed repairs on popular hiking trails worsened by PBOT permitting process

Walking time is here. SW Trails PDX, a community-based walking and hiking group, strives to maintain the 46 miles of marked trails in our community safe and easy to use, but a backlog of needed work on this trail system may prompt you to slow down and be more vigilant.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A numbered sign on a trail maintained by SW Trails PDX provides walkers with a guideThe linear trails marked by brown numbered signs are located on public property over which SW Trails provides stewardship in keeping your walking routes open. Nature, heavy use, and time have created a backlog of needed repairs and clearing. Portland Bureau of Transportation issues permits for work on the trails which also allows adjacent owners to avoid liability on unimproved public rights of way next to their property. The overly complex permitting process of PBOT requires much more staff time than necessary. Reassignment of staff within PBOT has brought a hiatus to issuance of these permits.

Many residents of SW Portland use the trail network to avoid walking on unsafe, noisy, uncomfortable streets without sidewalks This failure by the City to issue permits for volunteers to maintain our walking trails is not acceptable.

As you use the trails, please be mindful of any developing hazards on your walk. Safely enjoy the beauty of our community.

Glenn Bridger is a member of SW Trails PDX and lives in Southwest Portland.

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