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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ramiro Chavez, Public Works Director, 360-867-2271

Section of Thurston County Recreation/Transportation Corridor Reopens
Popular trail improved through project

OLYMPIA -The Chehalis Western Trail is once again open for use in the section that crosses beneath the Rainier Road train trestle. The trail had been closed since June 19th when Burlington Northern began the replacement of the trestle. County crews have now removed the barricades. There may be one or two additional short-term closures of the site between now and the end of October to accommodate the installation of guardrail. These future closures will be for one day or less.

Thurston County Parks Manager Kerry Hibdon says this has been a significant closure in a heavily used section of the trail. "We appreciate the public's patience during this extended period. Trail users will find an improved and safer section of the transportation corridor now that it is back in use."

Thurston County worked with Burlington Northern to provide the widest trail possible beneath the trestle. The trail is now ten feet wide where it crosses beneath the train trestle as opposed to the four foot wide lane that was removed. The County hopes to be in a position to pave the remaining gravel section of the trail in this area in the near future, hopefully in 2016.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3