Foothills trail closed between Orting and South Prairie

A popular stretch of the Foothills Trail will be closed for a few more days as Pierce County crews make repairs to the Carbon River levee between Orting and South Prairie.

A popular stretch of the Foothills Trail will be closed for a few more days as Pierce County crews make repairs to the Carbon River levee between Orting and South Prairie.

Work began Monday and was expected to last about a week, closing the trail between Voight’s Creek and 197th Avenue East.

The trail may re-open after 5 p.m. and over the weekend if it is safe to do so, according to a county press release. Those interested can keep track of the project at www.piercecountywa.org/TrailClosure.

Pierce County crews will install large rocks weighing up to 15 tons as part of the annual levee repair program. These rocks will replace the existing levee rocks and make it more stable. Trucks and heavy equipment will access the levee via Bridge Street and 188th Street.

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.

If the trail is able to be opened during non-work hours, the trail surface may be rougher than normal, so trail users should use extreme caution. After the work is completed, the trail will be resurfaced if needed to repair any damages.


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