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Contractor to be chosen soon, which means no muddy puddles next winter

by: POST PHOTOS: JIM HART - The last 2.2 miles of the Springwater Corridor Trail is scheduled to be paved this summer. The result will be happier walkers and riders next fall, winter and POST PHOTO: JIM HART - The currently unpaved portion of the Springwater Corridor Trail  will look like this after it is paved this summer. The result will be no muddy puddles next fall, winter and spring

The long-awaited paving of the last 2.25 miles of the Springwater Corridor Trail is scheduled to occur this summer, said Jeroen Kok, project manager for Clackamas County.

But local walkers and bike riders won’t be able to use the trail this year during the good-weather time of year, Kok said.

“The duration for the construction,” Kok said, “will probably last through this construction season.”

County planners are just about ready to put out bid requests for the project, which will be paid primarily with about $1.2 million in federal Transportation Enhancement grant funds that are awarded and administered through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Once a construction contractor is secured and approved by ODOT (probably in a couple of weeks), a timeline for the project will be finalized. Kok said he expects construction to begin in late June and to be completed in late October or early November.

“When we get a contractor on board,” he said, “we’ll have a much better idea about how soon construction would start, and a better guess about the duration for the construction schedule.”

Completing the work in late fall would provide a paved trail 12 feet wide throughout the late fall and winter months — historically the time of year when people have not been able to use the trail because it is puddled and muddy.

But a strip of pavement on top of a packed gravel base between Rugg Road and Dee Street would make walking or riding bicycles or horses possible and safe.

The Springwater Corridor Trail, which stretches 21 miles from Portland to the Boring Station Trailhead Park, was the first urban “Rails to Trails” project in Oregon.

More than 1 million people use the trail each year. Some Boring residents believe continuing to improve and expand the trail and connect it to the now developed trailhead park in Boring will increase the number of trail users.

The Boring Station Trailhead Park also provides a local community resource while stimulating economic growth to Boring through jobs and services.

This trailhead park project establishes Boring as a key trail hub for biking, walking, hiking and horseback riding activities.

But finishing the Springwater Corridor Trail is not an end in itself. The trail is part of Metro’s plan of a regional network of trails that eventually will connect.

The Springwater is destined to connect to the Cazadero Trail in Boring, which eventually will cross Deep Creek and lead to the Clackamas River and Estacada.

The Springwater also is destined to connect to the Tickle Creek Trail in Sandy, and eventually a trail will be established beyond Sandy to Government Camp.

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