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Posted on: September 22, 2021

Overpass construction begins on Willapa Hills Trail

Bridge above State Route 6 will provide crossing for trail users.

OLYMPIA – Sept. 22, 2021 – A 1-mile section of the Willapa Hills Trail has closed for construction. On Sept. 20 contractors for State Parks began work on an overpass spanning State Route 6 where the trail intersects the highway. The closure is between Cabe Road west of Chehalis and just east of the Adna trailhead. The project will last approximately one year. 

Currently, a blind turn on SR6 at Stearns Road, combined with a trail crossing at the same grade as the road, puts motorists and trail users — pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians — at risk. 

During the overpass construction, no detours are available. Park staff caution against using SR6 as a detour because the road has no shoulder. Long-distance trail users can start riding or walking at the Adna trailhead 6 miles west of Chehalis. 

State Parks staff developed the bridge recommendation after receiving community input at public meetings in 2018 and 2019. 

The agency’s Capital Program awarded the bridge construction contract to Tapani, Inc. of Battle Ground. The contract amount is about $3.3 million.

The project was originally slated to begin in May of 2021, but met with COVID-related delays.

About Willapa Hills State Park Trail
A former railroad line, the Willapa Hills State Park 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 trail activities 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:
Meryl Lassen, Communications Office (360) 490-8796, media@parks.wa.gov
Tim Bell, Southwest Regional Capital Program (360) 725-9759

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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: 21-053

 

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