Foothills Trail interrupted near Buckley

A tree fell across the popular trail, damaging a relatively new bridge between Buckley and South Prairie.

The Foothills Trail is blocked where a section of pin-pile bridge was damaged by a falling tree. This notice greets trail users where the trail crosses 112th Street in Buckley. Photo by Kevin Hanson

The Foothills Trail is blocked where a section of pin-pile bridge was damaged by a falling tree. This notice greets trail users where the trail crosses 112th Street in Buckley. Photo by Kevin Hanson

A popular section of the Foothills Trail lost a battle with Mother Nature and, for an uncertain amount of time, will be off-limits.

A relatively new pin-pile bridge was damaged earlier this month by a falling tree, meaning the continuous 4.4-mile stretch of pavement between Buckley and South Prairie is no longer passable. The trail is open on both sides of the damaged section, however.

Engineers have been on the scene assessing the damage and determining a fix, according to Brianne Blackburn, trails coordinator with Pierce County Parks. As of last week there was no timeline for getting repairs done, she said.

The pin-pile bridge, covering 3,000 linear feet, was celebrated during a ribbon-cutting event in May 2018 that highlighted the completion of the Buckley-to-South Prairie segment of the Foothills Trail. Part of that project was the replacement of the “switchback bridge,” which had been damaged by a falling tree.

The current damage is just one thing trail users have to consider these days. Also near Buckley, construction crews are installing a temporary bridge on state Route 162, a span that crosses directly over the Foothills Trail. When situations warrant, the trail is closed to the many walkers, bicyclists, equestrians and skaters who use the trail.

Blackburn said those closures cannot be announced because they are “temporary and intermittent.” Also, they are dictated by the state Department of Transportation, the lead agency on the bridge project.

More in News

Horses seized in Enumclaw after allegations of hoarding, abandonment

Sharon Hunter said the horses would be staying on the land for just a few weeks — but it’s alleged she more or less abandoned them there.

New charges against Black Diamond man who poisoned step-daughter

The new charges against Allen Bittner involve child molestation and rape.

Despite concerns, homelessness authority moves towards final Seattle vote

Seattle’s homelessness committee aligned the city’s plan with King County’s.

Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

Complaints about the recent picket, shoplifting on Griffin, and loiterers at an ATM.

Filing week for drainage district elections ends Dec. 13

If you want to help your city prevent flooding, now is your chance.

St. Elizabeth workers picket for increased staffing, pay increases

Without appropriate staffing levels, nurses say, patients can’t receive the care they deserve.

Spiketon Bridge now open

It took a little longer than expected, but commuters can finally get back to their regular routes.

King County’s current climate action plan was adopted in 2015 and has provided a blueprint for reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. File photo
King County approves environmental justice provision

An update to the King County climate action plan should include an… Continue reading

Homelessness authority approved by King County, awaits Seattle vote

The agreement would consolidate emergency services for people experiencing homelessness.

Most Read