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Chehalis - Western Trail

Bridging The Gap, Phase 3

What's happening now?

Dec 8, 2013: Come and join us next Saturday at 11 AM at Music 6000 to cut the ribbon! For more information visit the TRPC page about the celebration. Cake, Cider, and a Walk across the gap!

Oct 14,2014:One lane of Pacific Avenue in each direction will be closed up to 24 hours per day for up to 5 weeks to complete sidewalk, crosswalk, and refuge island improvements across Pacific Avenue at the new Chehalis Western Trail crossing. See PRESS RELEASE

Sept 16, 2014: More coping (structural earth wall cap) was installed this week. Project is still on schedule to be completed by November/ December.

Aug 7, 2014:Work on the CWT bridge project continues to move forward, and the contractor has begun the process of filling in between the block wall cap. A good portion of the cap is done with another concrete pour scheduled for this morning at 6:00, with no more than the usual traffic delays expected as the concrete trucks will be off the road.

July 24,2014:The contractor is nearly finished with the structural earth walls. Three of the four legs to the round-about at Woodland Trail/Chehalis Western Trail Intersection were completed today and the round-about detour (except north leg to the new bridge) is now complete.

June 26th,2014: Work continues on the projects with daily delays mid-day and around 4:00pm. Concrete and steel are taking the shape of a bridge.

April 28th, 2014:Late Night Work On the Pacific Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, Traffic Restrictions Scheduled for April 30, 2014. Thurston County Public Works’ contractor will set girders for the pedestrian bridge over Pacific Avenue between the hours of 10p.m on Wednesday night ending at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. The work on the bridge, located between Sleater Kinney and Lilly roads, will require traffic restrictions between the hours of midnight, 12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 and 4:00 a.m., May 1, 2014 Motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 15 minutes while the girders are being positioned and set. The use of alternate routes is advised. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic.

The Pacific Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, slated to be completed by Thurston County Public Works at the end of this year, is the last of three bridges in the Bridging the Gap project that will eventually link the Chehalis Western Trail with the Woodland Trail and I-5 Bike Trail. The first bridge, spanning I-5, was opened for foot and bike travel in February, 2007. The second bridge, spanning Martin Way, was opened for foot and bike travel in 2009. Once completed, the Bridging the Gap project will link a 22 mile north/south corridor with the 14 mile Yelm to Tenino Trail and the 12 mile Woodland Trail. For more information, call Thurston County Public Works at 867-2300.

April 22nd, 2014: Wall construction continues on both sides of Pacific Ave. Trucks are entering and leaving the site. Minor traffic delays thoughout the day. Dalays could reach up to 10 minutes around noon and also 4:00PM. Please use caution when travelling through the work zone.

April 11th, 2014: All piers and crossbeams for bridge are complete. Girders should be in place by the end of this month. Blocks for the structural earth walls are arriving.

Mar 25th, 2014: Pouring pier number three today. There may be some minor traffic delays.

Mar 24th, 2014: Today we are working on column steel and storm infiltration galleries. One lane in both directions, but no major traffic impacts expected.

Mar 6th, 2014: Working on pier forms today. No traffic restrictions expected

Mar 5th, 2014: Yesterday column steel was put into place.Today, crews are pouring concrete. There could be some traffic delays during the concrete work.

Feb 27th, 2014: Excavation for the final pier is complete. Formwork for the footings starts today.One lane of travel in each direction through the project with no major traffic delays expected.

Feb 25th, 2014: Starting excavation on the piers for the bridge, and continuing the stormwater pipe installation. One lane of travel in each direction through the project with no major traffic delays expected.

Feb 12, 2014: Excavation and stormwater are well underway at the Chehalis Western Trail. The Contractor has not been working this week due to saturated conditions from the snow and rain. Hopefully we will be back working soon. For trail users, there may be detours here and there and there are flaggers to help you through any closed sections. An example is last week we installed a storm line across the trail and while the trail was dug up there was a detour off to one side of it. There was a flagger helping trail users around the construction area and the trail is remaining open through the work.  

Feb 7th, 2014: Pacific Ave has been reduced to a single lane in each direction so that crews can remove old railbed and install storm and other structual componants. There is expected to be minimal traffic impact on Pacific with this lane reduction.

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Project Overview

Project plans available online at Builders Exchange of Washington
Questions or comments can be directed to :
Brandon Hicks