During 2022 construction, the trail from 156th St. SW parking lot trailhead will be closed at the pedestrian bridge crossing near the Ranger residence (appox. 1 mile from trailhead) with no access to the beach.
This project entails removing 128 linear feet of railroad embankment (shoreline armoring) along with the 6-foot wide culvert and installing a 5-span railroad bridge with a 100-foot opening to address ADA accessibility, beach access, fish passage, flooding, sediment delivery and maintenance issues associated with the undersized culvert. This project will restore a historic (pre-railroad) 1.3-acre estuary that will provide essential rearing habitat for ESA-listed Chinook (threatened), Chum, and Coho salmon as well as Cutthroat trout; and restore nearshore processes key to Puget Sound recovery. Additional habitat and stream enhancement will occur upstream of the estuary and a second footbridge will be installed to provide viewing platform of fish migration. Recreation components include a foot-wash, and picnic and bench viewpoints of the beach, estuary and Lund’s Gulch Creek. The existing portable restroom enclosure will be relocated out of the floodway and the ADA-parking will be brought up to current standards.
Activities that occurred during 2021 include clearing and grubbing, demolition, tree salvage, road reinforcement, erosion and sediment control, excavation for pedestrian bridge abutments, north trail rockery and surfacing, and the following key milestones:
The Contractor will be hauling equipment and materials into (import) and from (export) the site along the haul route (map attached below). Periods of more extensive haul (dump trucks) will occur mid-May (2-3 weeks) and then from mid to late July through September.
The project completion date has been revised from spring 2022 to fall 2022 due to unanticipated events. BNSF notified the county in late August 2021 that fires in California destroyed two BNSF bridges and one tunnel requiring reallocation of BNSF resources (equipment and staff) which resulted in installation of the bridges delayed until 2022. Because removal of the embankment and culvert is partially within marine and freshwater, those tasks cannot commence until the 2022 fish window which begins July 15th. The anticipated fall 2022 completion date is not only fish window dependent but weather dependent and dependent on BNSF Operations and Structures division’s availability.
Thank you for your patience as we try and complete this amazing restoration project in 2022!