The Snoqualmie Tunnel, a 2.3-mile section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail through the Cascades, opened July 5 for the first time since 2009.
The tunnel was closed in January 2009 for repairs after chunks of concrete started falling from the ceiling. Now, the damaged portions of the tunnel have been repaired with a new 4-inch layer of concrete sprayed on a welded wire fabric lining its walls and ceiling, and a smooth, new walking surface of crushed rock. Repairs cost a little less than $700,000 and took about 11 months.
About 200,000 people a year enjoy the trail, including the tunnel, Schmidt said. Four tunnels to the east of it remain closed but can be bypassed on trails. The tunnel also is an important access to a regional trails system in the 1.5-million-acre Mountains to Sound Greenway.