Good morning, neighbors!
Did you know the Spiketon Ditch Bridge, located about 1.5 miles east of the South Prairie Trailhead on the Foothills Trail, was built in 2009? During a routine inspection of the bridge this summer, our Planning and Public Works inspectors observed a split in the top chord of the wooden truss bridge. As a result of that finding, PPW contracted with Western Wood Structures Inc., the design engineers of the bridge, to conduct a more thorough inspection Western Wood Structures Inc. will provide a follow up report in January 2024 with their findings and recommendations.
I share all this because the Spiketon Ditch Bridge will close Tuesday, Nov. 28 - Friday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for that more thorough inspection. There are no detours or through access via the bridge during working hours. So, while you're getting your steps or RPMs on the bike in, please avoid the area. And for cyclists, even after the bridge reopens, it is currently posted for pedestrian traffic only, so you have to dismount your bike when you cross for safety reasons.
The Foothills Trail is undergoing multiple improvement projects to help enhance the trail for users as well as comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards this year. These projects will temporarily close sections of the Foothills Trail or trailhead amenities. To learn more, visit PierceCountyWA.gov/Foothills. Below is a map of where the closure will be along with current and other upcoming Foothills Trail impacts.
For questions related to this closure, please contact Pierce County Planning and Public Works at PierceCountyWa.gov/Works or (253) 798-6000.