The 1.4-mile segment between Pine Street and Upton Road in Central Point is completed. Greenway users can now enjoy nearly 20 miles of uninterrupted trail following the Bear Creek corridor. A federal Transportation Enhancements (TE) grant through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been obtained by Jackson County to complete the 1.4 mile section and close the gap in the existing trail system. $190,000 (approximately 10%) were raised by local community efforts in order to receive the remaining funds for the $1.7 million project.
Accomplishments in the Last 8 Years
- The new 1.3-mile north section of the Bear Creek Greenway trail is now complete. This link extends the Greenway from the end of Dean Creek Road, north on Blackwell Road and then to the end of the Bear Creek Greenway boundary (just past the Hwy 140 overpass). From this end point north towards Grants Pass is in the Rogue River Greenway, which is partially complete and goes all the way to the town of Rogue River along or near the Rogue River.
- Funds were raised to complete the Pine to Upton Project: 1.4 mile
- The Blue Heron/Suncrest Road section was completed.
- The Blue Heron to Barnett section was completed along with the south interchange.
- The Jefferson Nature Center opened in July 2008.
- The Jean Marie Chinn memorial shelter was completed in August 2010.
- The Barnett bridge and ramp were completed in Sept. of 2010.
- The Upton Road section was completed in Nov. 2010.
- New rest rooms in Medford, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland.
- The connection between the trail and the City of Talent is much improved by the new vehicle bridge.