Monday, October 10, 2005

Cottage Grove to Oakridge - Paved!

News Release

October 10, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Lawton, CVALCO (541) 484-5307
Richard Meyers, Cottage Grove City Manager (541) 942-5501
Randy Dreiling, Oregon Adventures (541) 782-2388

Route Between Cottage Grove and Oakridge Ready for Cycling Activity

Lane County, OR… A newly finished road project is paving the way for recreational and competitive cycling activity between Cottage Grove and Oakridge.

Public officials, tourism leaders and representatives of the cycling community will gather today, Monday, October 10, at 11 a.m. for a special ribbon cutting celebrating the complete paving of Forest Road 22, off Brice Creek Road southeast of Cottage Grove. The four-mile section of road had been the only unpaved portion between Cottage Grove and Oakridge.

“Paving this once graveled gap between our cities is a huge step in opening up opportunities for major bicycling events, as well as recreational touring for skilled cyclists,” said Randy Dreiling, owner and operator of Oakridge-based Oregon Adventures, who leads tours and organizes cycling events. Dreiling also serves on the board of the Convention and Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon (CVALCO).

As a destination marketing organization, CVALCO views the project as a significant addition to solid cycling infrastructure in Lane County; a key focus for the Oakridge and Cottage Grove communities.

Both cities and various bicycling groups have ranked this route high on their list for its bicycle touring potential. The route winds through the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests offering both challenging and scenic landscapes.

The ribbon cutting will be held southeast of Cottage Grove and Dorena at the intersection of road 2216 and the new paved section of Forest Road 22. The intersection is approximately 7.1 miles from the Brice Creek Trail Head off Brice Creek Road.


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