July 27, 2012
Vital bridge rehab work requires long-term closure of Snoqualmie Valley Trail section
Important safety work to repair an old wooden bridge along King County Parks’ Snoqualmie Valley Trail will require a 1,500-foot-long closure of the scenic trail for nearly three months.
Beginning Aug. 13, the trail will be closed from the 11th Street Northeast access point south to the southern end of the bridge abutment at Northeast 8th Street to allow for a complete rehabilitation of the old wooden railroad bridge that now carries the trail across Griffin Creek.
The work includes replacing or permanently shoring up the wooden timbers that create the bridge’s support structure, and will greatly improve the structural integrity of the bridge. A crew from King County Roads Services Division will perform the work for an estimated cost of $244,000. The work is expected to be completed in early November.
Because of limited access points and the isolated location of the work area, there will be no designated trail detour around the worksite. Trail users are advised to take advantage of other King County regional trails, which can be viewed at http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/trails/regionaltrailssystem.aspx.
At more than 31 miles in length, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail is the longest trail in King County’s 175-mile regional trail system. The trail winds through the largely rural Snoqualmie River Valley, passing working farms and forests, as well as the cities of Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie and North Bend.
The trail connects with the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail at its southern end and offers access to such notable destinations as Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm and the Three Forks Natural Area.
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