Sun-Lava Path to Open Saturday, August 9
The Sunriver to Lava Lands Multi-Use Path (Sun-Lava Path) will officially open on Saturday, August 9. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lava Lands Visitor Center. For more information see the attached flyer.
The Sunriver to Lava Butte Multi-Use Path contract was awarded to High Desert Aggregate & Paving, Inc. in December 2013. The preliminary construction schedule follows:
|Project begins, clearing and grubbing
|Trail earthwork and placement of rock
|Paving and installation of railroad crossing protection
||Late spring, early summer|
|Project completion date
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- Construct a 5.5-mile paved, multi-use path between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte.
- Install traffic and wayfinding signs along the path.
- Install gates and flashing lights at the railroad crossing on Benham Falls Road (FS Road 9702).
Project Information Paper Project Vicinity Map
Purpose and Need for the Project
Currently, there is not a safe, accessible way for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte. The path will create a new connection for bicyclists and pedestrians between the three tourist destinations.
Visitors will have the option to avoid driving to access these destinations and a new opportunity will be created to see the National Volcanic Monument from a different perspective. The path will create an accessible recreation opportunity that will allow people of all abilities to explore their National Monument.
Key Dates and Project Funding
|Environmental Analysis Process
The estimated construction cost is $1.85 million and is being funded by the Public Lands Highways Discretionary Program and ODOT Rail Safety Program.