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Re: Please voice your support for the Springwater Corridor in Clackamas County!

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  • Aaron
    Hey there; There is a survey for Oregonians to hear feedback on several improvements throughout Oregon (you can select different regions). If you take this
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2008
      Hey there;
      There is a survey for Oregonians to hear feedback on several
      improvements throughout Oregon (you can select different regions). If
      you take this survey and click on the clackamas section there are two
      proposals which are very important to Portland cyclists.
      For those of you who have followed the news at the far end of the
      Springwater Trail you have seen that the trail ends at an unpaved
      corridor which puts users on a two-lane road with no shoulder. There are
      two projects up for vote. One of them is an extension of the trail from
      SE 267th ave to downtown Boring (it might not seem exciting, but the
      trail is gorgeous and it makes trips to Estacada and Sandy much more
      pleasant). The second is an extension of the trail beyond Boring to
      Barton (and there's great camping at Barton Park).
      So imagine with this trail completed you could take a camping trip and
      not travel on any arterials from downtown Portland to the park.
      The second project which I support is the Crown Zellerbach Trail (don't
      know where the name came from) which would provide a trail connection
      from Vernonia to Scapoose. If you haven't been on the Scapoose-Vernonia
      Hwy there's a fantastic trail that only goes for a couple miles
      alongside and it's very quiet and fun (great blackberry picking too)
      Of course feel free to support whatever projects you like, but I
      encourage you to share your input

      BodyPower! <http://www.yourbodypower.org>
      /"No single snowflake claims responsibility for the avalanche."/

      Dunham, Katie wrote:
      > *Please voice your support for the Springwater Corridor in Clackamas
      > County!*
      > * *
      > Clackamas County is requesting $1,200,000 for the Springwater Corridor
      > Improvement Project through the 2011-2013 Oregon Department of
      > Transportation’s (ODOT) Transportation Enhancement Program (TE). The
      > Project will pave 2.21 miles of the Springwater Corridor from Rugg
      > Road in Clackamas County to Dee Street in Boring, with a 10 to 12 foot
      > wide multi-use pathway with soft shoulders for use by pedestrians,
      > bicyclists and equestrians.
      > *ODOT is seeking public comments on projects being considered for
      > Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding. The comment period will be
      > open from August 1 through September 15, 2008*. Responses received
      > during that period will help ODOT determine which projects advance to
      > the TE Advisory Committee for final evaluation and selection, and will
      > affect the committee’s scoring of those projects. All comments should
      > be submitted through the internet survey site set that has been set up
      > for this purpose. This survey site will serve as the method of gauging
      > public support and concerns for TE projects competing in the 2008
      > funding cycle. Agencies, interest groups, and the general public may
      > respond to support or oppose a specific project, or to indicate
      > priorities among competing projects in various areas of the state.
      > Participants will select a geographic area of the state (The
      > Springwater Corridor project is listed under Clackamas, Hood River, &
      > Columbia Counties), then indicate which project or projects they most
      > strongly support or oppose. They can mark their main reasons for
      > supporting or opposing a project, and enter additional comments below
      > that. If they have interest in another area of the state, they can
      > repeat the process for another geographic area. **
      > Please go to our project website to connect to the survey at
      > *http://www.boringstation.com/*, or ODOT’s Local Government Section
      > web site at *http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/LGS*. Those without access
      > to the internet may contact the Transportation Enhancement Program
      > Manager at (503) 986-3528 for a printed copy of the Comment/Response form.
      > *Please vote that you strongly support project # 12 - Clackamas
      > County: Springwater Trail Extension (Rugg Road – Hwy 212 at Boring). *
      > Below are some ideas for comments:
      > · The Clackamas County Springwater Trail Extension project meets goal
      > number 1 and goal number 8 of the TE activities by preserving an
      > abandoned railway corridor as a multi-use trail for pedestrians and
      > bicyclists.
      > · The construction of the Clackamas County Springwater Trail Extension
      > project is identified in the Clackamas County Park’s Master Plan but
      > is only partially funded. Without funding by the TE Program, the
      > project cannot be completed in a timely manner and cannot take
      > advantage of current momentum and local support.
      > · The Project will benefit Highway 212 by improving pedestrian and
      > bicycle facilities close to the Highway.
      > *· *The Clackamas County Springwater Trail Extension project promotes
      > and encourages the use of trails for transportation and recreation by
      > bicyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians. Currently, trail users turn
      > around, or travel on a dangerous route along Telford Rd. to reach Boring.
      > · The Clackamas County Springwater Trail Extension Project will open
      > up the trail to more users and enhance the travelers’ experience along
      > the trail. Currently, the trail is gravel and inaccessible to many
      > people traveling the Springwater Trail from Gresham and Portland,
      > including those on street bikes, in wheelchairs and strollers and some
      > walkers.
      > · Paving this trail section of the Springwater Corridor will provide
      > the missing link between the Springwater and Cazadero Trails. Metro
      > has identified the Cazadero Trail, owned by the State of Oregon, as
      > one of the Great Eight Trail Packages for our region. Oregon State
      > Parks and Recreation is currently working on completion of the
      > Cazadero Trail. Without the completion of this project, there will be
      > a gap in the Springwater Trail which directly connects to the Cazadero
      > Trail, south of Hwy. 212 in Boring.
      > Please forward this email to your friends, family, and co-workers!!
      > Please contact me if you have any questions.
      > Thank you for your support!!
      > Sincerely,
      > Katie Dunham
      > Planner
      > Clackamas County Parks
      > 9101 SE Sunnybrook Boulevard
      > Clackamas, OR 97015
      > 503-794-8051
      > * *
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