Hikers, you’ve been warned. Staring tomorrow, April 29, 2013, King County Parks will begin work to replace a dilapidated and damaged timber bridge along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, requiring a lengthy closure of a 1.7-mile-long portion of the popular trail through North Bend.
Crews will remove an old timber bridge across a small wetland along the trail and replace the dilapidated structure with a new single-span steel girder bridge. The total project cost is slightly less than $300,000.
According to the press release, project work is expected to take about four months to complete. This stretch of trail should reopen in late August.
Because of limited access points and the isolated location of the work area, there will be no designated trail detour around the work site. Trail users are advised to use other King County regional trails, which can be viewed on the King County Parks website.
Stretching more than 31 miles, 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 destinations such as Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm and the Three Forks Natural Area.