County continuing levee maintenance work along Green River in Tukwila

King County is continuing maintenance work along a dozen miles of levees that protect the cities of Renton, Tukwila and Kent from Green River flooding. This work requires temporary intermittent closures of sections of the Green River Trail, which sits atop the levee system through the Green River Valley.

  • Monday, September 21, 2015 12:35pm
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Maintenance work by King County continues along a dozen miles of levees that protect the cities of Renton, Tukwila and Kent from Green River flooding. This work requires temporary, intermittent closures of sections of the Green River Trail, which sits atop the levee system through the Green River Valley.

For the week of Sept. 21-25, the trail will be open, but crews will be working at various locations along the levee from I-405 south to South 180th Street, and trail users are asked to use caution.

Additionally, there are a few short stretches of trail through Kent with temporary gravel shoulders. These areas will be paved along with other larger trail resurfacing work in the coming weeks.

As work moves forward, the location of current and upcoming closures will be posted at www.kingcounty.gov/rivers. Trail users are encouraged to sign up for weekly updates or follow #GreenRiverTrail @KCDNRP on Twitter and “like” theKing County Rivers Facebook page for current and upcoming closure schedule.

King County crews are repairing damaged portions of levees, replacing stormwater infrastructure, removing stumps, hedges and debris, and performing other needed maintenance work. Maintenance is required to improve levee integrity and allow safety inspections of the levees.

Trail closures will occur in various locations and for times ranging from one day to as long as a few weeks, and the work will continue into 2016. General notification signs will be posted at major trail access points and trail closure signs will be posted at either end of active work areas.

Additionally, work by the City of Kent and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for most of the summer for Green River levee improvements means a long-term closure for the stretch of Green River Trail between State Route 181 and the trail bridge south of South 180th Street.

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