King County has completed major repair work the closed a key section of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail between Duvall and Carnation.
Originally scheduled for closure June through October 31, the trail is just now reopening. King County blames a “record wet winter and multiple flood events” for the delays.
Work is not quite done yet, so expect a couple weeks of closures this summer to finalize trail and highway work like fencing, surfacing and guardrails.
The closure was short, but in a bad place for a closure with few good detour options, as we reported back in May.
More details from King County:
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail was temporarily closed last June for safety reasons during construction work to repair approximately 1,100 feet of Snoqualmie River bank erosion and slope instability.
“I want to thank everyone for their patience during this critical project. Now we can all appreciate the increased safety to our road and other infrastructure,” said King County Flood Control District Supervisor Kathy Lambert.
The area, also known as “car body curve,” sustained significant damages in the November 2006 storm and had been further damaged by subsequent high river flows over several years.
The record wet winter and multiple flood events delayed the project and reopening of the trail. As a result, a short period of follow up construction will be necessary over several weeks this summer which may temporarily impact trail usage.
The 31.5-mile Snoqualmie Valley Trail is managed by King County Parks and meanders past working farms as well as preserved open space areas, and connects to the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park. Points of interest include Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm, Three Forks Natural Area and the Tokul Trestle.
Final construction work will include State Route 203 paving and guardrail repairs, final resurfacing of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, installing permanent fencing next to the trail, and replanting the site.