Moving Ahead - Summer 2014

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GREENWAY PROJECTS ENHANCE COMMUNITY LIVABILITY As construction winds down on the newest section of the Bear Creek Greenway, the next phase of the Rogue River Greenway breaks ground. The two greenways — a 50-mile safe, recreational corridor for bicycles and pedestrians — will eventually connect Jackson and Josephine Counties. KOGAP Enterprises of Medford began construction late in May on a one-mile section of the Rogue River Greenway located north of Gold Hill. The $906,000 addition will construct a concrete bridge across Sardine Creek and a new path to the north that travels under the historic Rock Point Bridge. The addition ties into the existing one-third of a mile of greenway that parallels North River Road near Del Rio Vineyards. Most of the work will be completed this summer; bridge installation will take place next fall. “The project is another important link that connects Grants Pass to Central Point, and ultimately to Ashland,” said Jackson County Bike and Pedestrian Program Manager Jenna Stanke. Most of the progress on the Rogue River Greenway project is between Gold Hill and the City of Rogue River, including approximately three-andJune 6, 2014

a-half miles of trail from Twin Bridges Road through Valley of the Rogue State Park to the Depot Street Bridge. “Much like occurred on the Bear Creek Greenway, which is celebrating its 40th birthday, segments of the Rogue River Greenway are being completed as property and funds are secured,” said Stanke. “We hope to not have to wait another 40 years to cut the ribbon between Ashland and Grants Pass.” The $1.7 million Bear Creek Greenway project fills the greenway gap from Central Point’s Pine Street Bridge north along the Jackson County Expo grounds and ponds and ties into the existing Greenway at Upton Road. Instead of following Bear Creek along the entire stretch, much of this section provides a safe route on the west side of the Expo grounds, paralleling Penninger Road on public property. “Trails are a great transportation and recreation assets that enhance the livability of our communities,” said Stanke. “We’re fortunate to have the backbone of a great system. We have many folks to thank for their vision and their efforts to get to where we are today.”