Trail Construction - Foothills Trail

Foothills Trail - South Prairie to Buckley Construction Project
South Prairie

See Our Progress

May 2017

 Image of 2017 Foothills Trail construction pillow wall beginning  Image of 2017 Foothills Trail construction Pillow wall
 Pillow wall under construction  Pillow wall almost complete
 Image of 2017 Foothills Trail construction bridge end  Image of 2017 Foothills Trail construction Highway bridge
 Lower bridge section looking north  Below highway 162
 Image of 2017 Foothills Trail construction bridge upper section  
 Beginning of pin pile bridge  

January 2017
Foothills Trail pin pile bridge progress.

November 2016
FHT 1 pinpile_a.jpg
Preparation for the pin pile bridge
FHT 2 Mit site_a.jpg
Grading and planting preparation
FHT3 wall1_a.jpg
Preparation for alignment

October 2016

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Bridge Abutments
Bridge abutments

August 2016
Preparation for alignment
North end view of Foothills Trail
Preparation for the pin pile bridge
About the Project
Work will begin early summer on the east segment of the South Prairie to Buckley section (see project map). The east segment is an unimproved section of the Foothills Trail and opened in 2008.

Construction work along this segment includes paving and installing pin-pile bridge sections over the wet portions of the trail alignment and constructing a new small bridge over an intermittent stream.

Funding Partners
The construction project is jointly funded by Pierce County; Federal Highways Administration/Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, Rural Town Centers and Corridors grant; Washington Recreation and Conservation Office WWRP trail grant; and a gracious donation from the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition.

These agencies helped fund the construction of this corridor which is an integral part of the Foothills National Recreation Trail and the Pierce County Regional Trail system.

South Prairie to Buckley
The east segment is just a portion of the longer South Prairie to Buckley trail alignment that is three separate projects. The projects include (see project map for details): the east segment; the switchback bridge (which is currently labeled bridge out); and the west segment. The east segment replaces the current muddy conditions along the trail with a solid surface suitable for pedestrians, bicycles, equestrians, and other non-motorized trail users. Native wetland plantings will be installed along the east segment corridor, preserving and improving this scenic travel corridor.

The South Prairie to Buckley full alignment will provide the safety of a separated non-motorized corridor as it parallels very busy state highways with minimal shoulders. Once the full alignment is completed, trail users will have a much improved trail experience. The full project enhances the aesthetic aspects of the non-motorized travel experience as it gradually climbs from the Orting Valley through forests, along stream corridors, and next to wetlands, to the Cascade Foothills in Buckley.

Project Timeline
Summer 2016: Begin east construction from South Prairie to Buckley.

Fall 2016:
Engineering and design of the new switchback bridge
and the west segment.

Winter 2017:
East segment construction ongoing. Bids completed
for both switchback bridge and west segment.

End of 2017: Construction completed for the switchback bridge
east and west segment.

Stay informed

Questions regarding the progress of construction, please contact:

Theresa Turpin
Parks Project Manager
253-798-4083 | email