SWTrails Meeting Sept 22 7pm
at Watershed 6388 SW Capitol Hwy enter between bldgs
The New Yorker published an article “Why Walking Helps Us Think” that gives reasons to walk.
The October walk will be led by Dave Manville on Saturday October 8, 2016. We will explore the western part of SW Portland, traversing several parks and natural areas in a figure 8 route. Heading west from Wilson High School, we will cross through the Stevens Creek Natural area and follow the route of SW Trail 3 through Gabriel Park and Woods Park and heading back via Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. The walk is about 6 miles long with 360 feet elevation gain. Continue reading
Phil Pennington was one of the founders (along with Don Baack) of SW Trails. You can read about Phil’s life in this news article. Phil died in 2009, but his website, Explore PDX, that showcases his interest in SW Trails as well as his many other interests lives on.
4T Trail badge
You can order a 4T Trail badge by sending a check for $6 to
6495 SW Burlingame Pl
Portland, Or. 97239
National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project
Volunteers are needed to take a census of people using some of Portland’s great trails, bridges, and transit routes. We’ll be counting people walking, rolling, scooting, and skating during the week of September 13-18 – come join us! Contact Taylor Sutton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-823-4533, to get involved. Continue reading
Monthly Work Party
Thursday Sept 1st, 9AM to Noon
Gabriel Park Community Gardens
SW Trails regular monthly first Thursday Work Party for Thursday September 1st will at Gabriel Park. Continue reading
COMPOSITE “T” BEAM BRIDGE DECK ON TIMBER TOWERS
by Robert E. Eby, P.E.
A unique bridge deck design consisting of reinforced concrete roadway slabs supported by creosoted timber stringers, with a shear connection between the concrete and timber to give composite action of the ”T” beam construction, was developed by the Oregon State Highway Department (1) in 1932. Two viaducts using this new design concept were built on Fourth Street (now Barbur Boulevard) in Portland in 1934. Both viaducts are in service (1988) and carrying more traffic than at the time they were constructed. Continue reading