An important project to replace a decaying old timber bridge on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail in North Bend is nearly completed, and King County Parks staff expect the new steel span to be open for public use as of this week.
The old timber bridge that once carried a railroad line and then the trail over a wetland near downtown North Bend has been removed and replaced with a single-span steel girder bridge.
The work began in late April, and required closing the Snoqualmie Valley Trail between the Mount Si golf Course and the trail’s intersection with Main Avenue North in downtown North Bend.
The total project cost is slightly less than $300,000.
At more than 31 miles in length, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail is the longest trail in King County’s 175-mile regional trail system. The trail winds through the largely rural Snoqualmie River Valley, passing working farms and forests, as well as the cities of Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie and North Bend.
The trail connects with the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail at its southern end and offers access to numerous attractions, including Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm and the Three Forks Natural Area.
Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/parks.