A major reconstruction project will repair three sections of Bear Creek Greenway totaling nearly seven miles this summer.

A major reconstruction project will repair three sections of Bear Creek Greenway totaling nearly seven miles this summer.

The work includes four miles of full-depth reclamation, which involves grinding the existing pavement and mixing it with powdered cement, then compacting and using it as base material for new asphalt.

The sections to be repaired are the two oldest sections, and a section with severe cracking:

Approximately 3.5 miles between Barnett Road and the Biddle Road access ramps behind Crater Lake Ford. Approximately 3.25 miles of trail between South Valley View and Suncrest roads, One-quarter mile of pavement near mile marker 9.25, about a mile north of the Ashland Dog Park.

Four separate Oregon Department of Transportation grants provided $1.7 million for the project. The Bear Creek Greenway Joint Powers Committee, a consortium of jurisdictions that manage the trail, provided a required local match of $167,000.

Work will require closing sections of the trail, and people heading out to use the trail are encouraged to check the status. Several resources have been set up, including a website, www.jacksoncounty.org/bearcreekgreenway; a Facebook page at "Bear Creek Greenway- Jackson County," and a message line at 541-770-7799. The website includes a link to a map showing the construction projects.

"We know that closing the trail is disruptive, and we ask that people are patient and respect the trail closures so we can get the work done as quickly as possible and reopen the trail," says Jenna Stanke, bicycle/pedestrian program manager for Jackson County. "It's going to be a painful summer for greenway users, but when the work is complete, it will be a tremendous improvement to the trail."