The Foothills Trail will be closed between Voight’s Creek and 197th Avenue East on Aug. 7 and 8 while a Pierce County contractor conducts maintenance on the Carbon River levee.
Check the project website for daily updates about the closure at: http://www.piercecountywa.org/TrailClosure.
Trucks and heavy equipment will access the levee via 188th Street. The contractor, Ceccanti, will install large logs along the levee. These logs will provide refuge for salmon and other species in the river.
Pedestrians and cyclists will not be allowed through the worksite during the closure due to heavy equipment traffic and hazardous trail conditions. Flaggers will be on both ends of the closure during work hours to ensure people do not enter the barricaded construction zone.
Pierce County will post signs at trailheads and on either side of the work site warning trail users of the maintenance work and closures. People on the trail should use caution around the worksite and follow instructions from the crew.
The trail will re-open during non-work hours, but the trail surface may be rougher than normal. Trail users should use extreme caution. After the work is completed, the trail will be resurfaced if needed.
Due to federal, state and local environmental regulations, construction on most river projects must be done during the summer to avoid impacts to salmon.
Mike Livingston-Halliday, Planning and Public Works public information specialist