Old 12-08-18, 01:58 PM
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Not that route, but I've been working on finding ways to make it up the McKenzie Highway without being on the McKenzie Highway. I've gotten it so that I can avoid about 80% of the main highway. It would be a little further if just a little work was put into making it more convenient. For example, there are several roads that come within 1 mile of each other, but don't connect for one reason or another, and one major bridge was de-decked. Paving logging roads?

I had looked at the coast route a while ago, and there are a few places where one can easily bump off of the main highway, and get 5 or 10 miles on back roads (adding some distance to the route). Perhaps good signs and marking them, such as put a curvy green lane around corners.

Unfortunately a lot of the route is still on the main highway.

How much work would it be to cut bike lanes around the bad spots? I know there are a lot of steep cliffs, but say cut a 5 foot (rather narrow) path into the cliff face, with good guard rails. It could be quite spectacular.

I'd much rather see a 5 foot trail created than widen HWY 101 by 5 feet to add narrow shoulders. The cost might not be that different (of course, a bike trail only marginally helps vehicles).

No doubt a 400 mile bike path would be very expensive. However, it could well be heavily used. It wouldn't, however, be a bike path, but used by dogs, joggers, beach access, interstate hikers, etc.

When will they really start working on the Salmonberry Trail?

One step at a time?
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