Monday, July 02, 2007

Delta Ponds Summer Construction Temporarily Closes Trails

Construction equipment moves into place on July 2 for the second phase of a multi-year project to enhance habitat and recreational opportunities in the Delta Ponds area.

Contractors are installing two sets of culverts to improve seasonal flows from the Willamette River into the Delta Ponds near Valley River Center. Two 9-foot-wide, arched culverts beneath the East Bank Trail will be gated to allow for flood control. A third 12-foot-wide culvert will be constructed under Goodpasture Island Road north of Valley River Center. Pro Landscape Inc. is the contractor, working under a contract managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Trail sections adjacent to the culvert sites will be closed from early July through mid-September. The connector path between the East Bank Trail and Goodpasture Island Road just north of Valley River Drive will be closed beginning July 2. The East Bank Trail will be closed from Willamette Oaks to the Delta Ponds Causeway beginning July 9. Lane closures and detours on Goodpasture Island Road will occur while the culvert is being installed. Signs will direct trail users to use alternate routes around the construction zone.

The goal of the Delta Ponds project is to re-establish vital habitat for native wildlife and provide recreational opportunities for residents in the area. The project began in 2004 with the removal of invasive non-native vegetation, construction of paths and parking areas, and excavation of inlets to improve water flow. Future plans include re-grading pond edges and additional trails and overlooks.

For more information, contact Project Manager Scott Milovich at 682-6086 or


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