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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 12, 2015
Kerry Hibdon, Thurston County Parks Manager, 360-867-2181, or hibdonk@co.thurston.wa.us

Railroad Trestle Construction Causes Closure of Trail Section
Safety of trail users prompts temporary closure

OLYMPIA - The popular Chehalis Western Trail will be closed from the point where it intersects with the Burlington Northern Railroad (where the Trail turns to gravel just south of the Indian Summer Golf Course), to the access ramp located on Rainier Rd. This closure will begin June 20th and will last approximately 8-10 weeks.

During this time, NO PUBLIC ACCESS will be allowed on this section of Trail.

This closure is necessary because Burlington Northern Railroad will be replacing the railroad trestle over Rainier Rd. The Chehalis Western Trail currently passes below this trestle on the shoulder of Rainier Rd.

County Parks Manager says the county has no control over the timing of the project. "Unfortunately, Thurston County Parks is not in a position to negotiate the timing of this closure, as the Railroad has the ability to maintain and repair its structures as needed."

"The county realizes that this closure may impact many Trail users, so we ask for your patience and cooperation during this time."

For further information contact;
Thurston County Parks
(360) 867-2181



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3