Two years after reopening the 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, contractors are now working on reopening two more of the four still-closed tunnels along the trail route.
Contractors are working to repair two tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that have been closed since 2009 when inspectors found falling debris hazards inside of them.
State repairing Tunnel 49 east of Hyak
The two former railroad tunnels — Numbers 48 and 49 on the old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad, commonly known as the Milwaukee Road — are located east of Snoqualmie Pass between Hyak and Easton.
They’re posted with “no trespassing” signs and detours signs.
In all, the state closed five tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in 2009. The rails-to-trails path runs through Washington’s Iron Horse State Park from about Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend to the Columbia River.
Gene also reports that the much-loved Bus-Up 90 has suspended service, citing new state park fees.