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Metro is currently upgrading the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on the Columbia River east of Northeast 33rd Avenue on Northeast Marine Drive. According to Metro’s website, “The project, which starts January 14, will improve parking, create on-site stormwater treatment and add permanent restrooms. The construction was timed to take place during the slow boating season to avoid hurting the salmon that migrate in early fall and spring.” Click here for more information from Metro.
Across Marine Drive from the boat ramp, there is an informal parking area in the public right of way that is scheduled to close permanently, beginning this week. This area is used during busy times of year for overflow parking when the formal boat ramp lot is full. The situation presents safety hazards.
Given the Transportation Bureau’s listing of Marine Drive as a High Crash Corridor, closing the informal lot is appropriate now that the formal boat ramp and lot are being upgraded.
During construction, boat launch and parking are available at Metro’s Chinook Landing Marine Park, at 22300 NE Marine Drive, across from Blue Lake Regional Park.