I-205 Multi-Use Path Blocked
I have been in contact with Jonathan Lewis, Program Coordinator for the Portland office of the Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program, and Courtney Norrish, Urban Camp Coordinator for ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation). This is regarding the issue of the habitual blockage of the 1-205 Multi-Use Path (bike path) under the railroad bridge just north of NE Sandy Boulevard and NE Killingsworth Street (Hwy. 30 Bypass). ✎
As many of you know, the guy who lives under the bridge parts out bicycles and hangs the frames on the fence as well as stores his other treasures in the path right-of-way.
October 13, 2021
The path was completely blocked until I stopped and moved the trash off to the side of the path.
There had been no cleanup of the trash as of November 8th. Here is why: There are two cleanup trucking entities involved here, Clean Start and Rapid Response. The problem here is a lack of manpower at those two companies. Both companies have trucks that sit idle because there is no one to operate them. Instead of being a week or so behind, they are now months behind!
I talked with a driver and trash pick-up person for Clean Start. He told me that he cannot get his truck past the guy under the RR bridge because of the ’personal property’ blocking the path. He cannot touch personal property as per a federal law. In Portland, the property must be posted for 72 hours before any personal property can be removed. If that happens, the property must be stored by the city for 30 days before it can be disposed of unless the owner claims and removes it.
On November 3, 2021,1 talked with Courtney Norrish of ODOT about having them put fencing under the RR bridge to keep campers out.
Courtney said she would contact the railroad to see if ODOT could put a similar enclosure under the RR bridge. She also told me that ODOT now has funding to do these kinds of projects. I also told her about campers under the Division Street bridge. That would be easier to do, as ODOT is in charge under that bridge.
If you would like to add your input on this or any other homeless issue, you can just dial 311 and you will immediately get a person to take your input. Maybe if enough people call, the squeaky wheel will get the grease to get this problem solved.
You can also contact Jonathan Lewis at [email protected]
November 16, 2021
Yippee! Rapid Response removed the trash and tent from under the railroad bridge!
They had turned this place in multiple times without success. Unfortunately, the bliss only lasted for a few days. On November 9, 2021, when I rode by, the bike troll had put up his tent just up the path from under the bridge.
However, there is some good news to report.
Most of the RV’s are gone from Marine Drive. Sgt. Jennifer Butcher of the Portland Police Department told me that almost half of the RV’s parked there were stolen!
So, this is my report. I am not quitting on this project until the bike troll’s tent is moved off the right-of-way.
Bill Boyce, Club Member