Valley segment planning in full swing
Detailed planning for the valley segment of the future Salmonberry Trail—located between Banks and Reehers Camp Campground in the Tillamook State Forest—is now underway, thanks to a significant grant from the Washington County Visitors Association.
The scope of planning includes the following:
- Analysis of bypass alternatives described in the Concept Plan;
- Pre-engineering assessment of eleven bridges and trestles;
- Detailed assessment of repair needs for Walcott Tunnel;
- Assessment and recommendations for trailhead development at Banks, Manning, the Timber area, and Reehers Camp;
- Development of trail solutions and design recommendations for the entire 20 mile rail corridor from the city of Banks to Reehers Camp in the Tillamook State Forest;
- Recommendations for accommodating equestrian use;
- Development of detailed cost estimates including permitting, design and engineering and construction cost for trail and bridge modifications.
- Multiple workshops to listen to concerns and ideas from landowners.
The Valley Segment Advisory Committee toured this section of rail line on Saturday, January 27th. Participants viewed the relationship to the Banks-Vernonia Trail, private land adjacency issues, the community of Timber, Reehers Camp, and where the rail line disappears into the Tillamook State Forest. The diverse group shared their understanding of the issues surrounding the project and enjoyed a day in the field, gaining a shared understanding of the location of the rail line in preparation of their work to help the trail best meet the needs of western Washington County.
At its February 1st meeting the committee viewed a set of possible trail plans, including alignments, trail types, screening material options, and trailhead ideas. The second meeting is scheduled for March 12 when the committee will have the opportunity to discuss the trail and trail plans between themselves and with the co-conveners, looking for opportunities to best fit the future trail into the Washington County landscape.
For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail Project Manager, at 503-986-0723 or email@example.com.