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Posted on: January 18, 2019

State Parks proposes new bridge crossing to improve safety on Willapa Hills Trail

Public invited to view recommendations at a meeting on Feb. 7

OLYMPIA –  Jan. 18, 2019 – Washington State Parks invites the public to an informational meeting to learn more about the proposed pedestrian bridge at the Littell crossing, where the Willapa Hills State Park Trail intersects State Route 6 at Milepost 48, east of Adna.

The public meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday Feb. 7, at the Veterans Memorial Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis. (Driving directions).

The proposed bridge concept was developed to provide safer crossing for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians who use the Willapa Hills Trail. The current pedestrian crossing is on the same grade level as SR 6. The crossing is on a blind corner, and vehicles tend to speed on this section of the road. State Parks plans to remove the existing crossing and replace it with the bridge.

At the meeting, State Parks planning staff and a consultant from the engineering firm Otak, Inc., will present  design concepts for public consideration. State Parks is seeking feedback on the preliminary recommendation. Park staff and the consultant will consider public feedback as they finalize the design.

Key elements of the recommendation include:

  • Bridge design and materials
  • Landscaping aesthetics 
  • Cost estimates                                       

State Parks staff developed the bridge recommendation based on numerous alternatives and public input  considered in 2018. The original options are located at: http://bit.ly/WillapaSR6xing. For more information about the proposed safety improvements on the trail, contact Michael Hankinson, parks planner, michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov or 360-725-9756.  

About Willapa Hills State Park Trail
A former railroad line, the trail is 56-miles long and aligned east/west between Chehalis in Lewis County and South Bend in Pacific County. Approximately 27 miles of the trail are open for non-motorized recreational use. Typical activities on the trail include hiking, biking and equestrian use, which provide countless opportunities for wildlife viewing, sightseeing and fitness. Learn more about the trail: http://parks.state.wa.us/1023/Willapa-Hills-Trail

News media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Michael Hankinson, (360) 725-9756

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About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

 News release number: 19-002

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