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Conveyor work closes Eastbank Esplanade section

A section of Portland's Eastbank Esplanade will close for five days next week while a conveyor built over the path five years ago is dismantled.

The esplanade will be closed from Monday, April 18, until Friday, April 22, between the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Hampton Opera Center. Pedestrians and cyclists will have to use Southeast Water Avenue as a detour.

The conveyor erected in 2006 over the path carried soil and rocks mined during the East Side Big Pipe project to barges in the Willamette River. Barges shipped about 550,000 cubic yards of material to Ross Island for use in the lagoon restoration project.

The city completed mining the nearly six-mile-long, 22-foot-wide East Side Big Pipe in October.

The 1.5-mile-long esplanade extends from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge with a connection across the river to Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.