The prospect of a complete hiking and bike trail from Troutdale to The Dalles got a step closer Saturday when a three-mile stretch of new trail from Wyeth to Lindsey Creek.
That’s Kevin Price, a 35-year veteran of Oregon State Parks who served as the emcee for a ceremony prior to a ribbon-cutting officially opening this section of the trail. Construction began in the spring of 2017 and cost $18.8 million.
That construction was not without drama. A few months into construction, crews were confronted with the Eagle Creek wildfire, which began on September 2, 2017 and continued burning through the end of November. Highway closures and evacuations went into effect as the inferno consumed more than 48,000 acres. It was a challenge getting crews in and making sure the area was safe. Fortunately, no one was injured and the project was able to finish on time.
With the opening, 68 of the 73 miles between Troutdale and The Dalles are completed, leaving only the five mile stretch from Viento to Ruthton Point where a new Mitchell Point Tunnel will be constructed
08 05 19 M.G. Devereux “We’re getting really close – this is the last push to that Mitchell Point project that will have the complete connection of the trail and then we can really focus on making the trail accessible for all and that the communities really see the benefit of having folks enjoy the benefit of this tremendous recreation experience.” :19
Tomorrow: some big problems remain.