The Carbon River’s migration has eroded the Charles Crocker Levee alongside the Foothills Trail. Photo courtesy Washington Trails Association / https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/foothills-trail

The Carbon River’s migration has eroded the Charles Crocker Levee alongside the Foothills Trail. Photo courtesy Washington Trails Association / https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/foothills-trail

Foothills Trail will remain open during levee improvements

The construction will be happening just before the city of Orting along state Route 162.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:30am
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Pierce County crews will be busy west of South Prairie next month, repairing about 460 feet of levee along the Carbon River’s left bank. The work, slated for July 15 through July 31, will take place off the Foothills Trail trailhead at state Route 162 and 177th Street East.

The levee repair work will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, during the work schedule.

The section of the Charles Crocker Levee being repaired has been eroded by the migration of the Carbon River. It was also damaged in recent storms. Crews will remove dirt and rocks and rebuild the levee with large rocks.

A contractor was to remove about nine trees early this week in preparation for the levee repair work, though it was noted that additional work days may be needed.

The trail will remain open during construction. However, the picnic area near the trailhead will be closed during work hours and bike racks near the picnic area will be inaccessible.

Trail users should be cautious in the work area and remain on the trail. They should not go past the closure barricades.

This work is part of Pierce County’s annual river levee maintenance program. Previous work in this area included a 2013 repair of 250 feet of levee just downstream of this year’s section.

Visit www.piercecountywa.gov/CharlesCrockerLevee for project updates.


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