Larson Creek trail to be rebuilt – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Crumbling asphalt along part of the Larson Creek multi-use trail in east Medford resulted in a bumpy ride for cyclists.

The city has been given the green light to repave the worst section of the trail from Black Oak Drive to Murphy Road at a cost of $ 800,000.

The Larson Creek Multi-Use Trail will be rebuilt. The trail departs from Bear Creek Greenway near the bridge on Barnett Road.

“It was just an old section of track, it had pretty much deteriorated,” said John Vial, director of public works at Medford.

An Oregon Community Paths grant, administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation, will provide $ 560,000 for the project, with the remainder being allocated in the city’s 2021-2023 budget. The city’s share comes from gasoline taxes.

Vial said the first step will be to design the new trail before construction can begin.

Under the grant agreement with the state, the project must be completed by 2023.

Bulging tree roots and broken asphalt have become dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists, who use the path as an alternative to traffic on the busy Barnett Road. The trail departs from Bear Creek Greenway near the bridge on Barnett Road.

Barnett has a daily traffic volume of 38,000 vehicles in some areas, with speeds above 35 mph.

In 2007, after other parts of the trail were completed, an assessment of the trail system revealed that the Black Oak section at Murphy already needed to be repaved.

Since 2020, additional segments of the multi-use trail have been built, adding more traffic to the older parts near Black Oak Drive.

A bridge on this old section of the trail also needs improvement, including railing and bridge work, as well as removing a lip where it connects to the trail.

The city has no plans to expand Barnett. Larson Creek will therefore remain the best way to cross this area of ​​Medford for cyclists and pedestrians.

This section of the trail was one of the first parts built before 2003.

Vial said no funding was yet available to complete the trail to North Phoenix Road, but said the city will continue to look for ways to fund the project.

Ultimately, the approximately two-mile trail system will run from Bear Creek to North Phoenix Road, where it will connect to other trails to the east. About two-thirds of the Larson Creek trail has been completed.

Contact freelance writer Damian Mann at [email protected]

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