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Spring opening of Astoria Riverfront Trolley may be delayed

Bridge construction planned near river

By Jessica Douglas

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 13, 2018 2:11PM

The Astoria Riverfront Trolley season could be delayed next year by city bridge construction.

Jessica Douglas/The Daily Astorian

The Astoria Riverfront Trolley season could be delayed next year by city bridge construction.

Bill Montero, a volunteer, conducts the Astoria Riverfront Trolley.

Jessica Douglas/The Daily Astorian

Bill Montero, a volunteer, conducts the Astoria Riverfront Trolley.


The spring opening of the Astoria Riverfront Trolley could be delayed next year by the city’s waterfront bridge repairs.

The city is expected to close several small bridges along the waterfront starting in October. Most of the repair work should be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

The trolley, one of Astoria’s most popular tourist attractions, usually opens for the spring season in March. The track for Old 300 crosses the waterfront bridges that will be under construction.

“It’s like looking at a planned power outage,” said David Reid, the executive director of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Similarly, we know ahead of time, and therefore it’s a little bit easier to manage.”

The chamber is devising a plan for the disruption. Reid said tourists and cruise ship passengers hoping to ride the trolley will be encouraged to use the bus to tour the city.

There is a chance the trolley could operate in some capacity before Memorial Day weekend.

“We have worked with them since the inception of this project with the understanding that we are going to do everything reasonable to keep their operation going, but that there was going to be some disruption,” City Engineer Nathan Crater said.

Some visitors will inevitably be disappointed if the trolley is dark.

“They want that trolley experience,” said Bob Miller, a volunteer conductor. “It’s a 43,000-pound ambassador for the city. We may be the only thing they’re going to see of the city.”



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