A map shows the details of the detour for the closure of the Interurban Trail over the next two years for construction of the South 228th Street overpass above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

A map shows the details of the detour for the closure of the Interurban Trail over the next two years for construction of the South 228th Street overpass above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

Portion of Kent’s Interurban Trail to close for South 228th Street overpass work

Detour will be available along West Valley Highway for next two years

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:04pm
  • News

Starting Monday, April 15, the Interurban Trail in Kent along the Union Pacific Railroad between James Street and the Connector Trail south of South 212th Street will be closed until late 2020.

This closure is necessary for the continued work on the South 228th street Union Pacific Railroad grade separation and overpass project, according to a city news release.

There will be a detour in place along 68th Avenue South/West Valley Highway, between James Street and the Connector Trail, for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The ongoing work includes installation of stone column ground improvements, installation of bridge shafts, construction of a new waterline, construction of the bridge, installation of large storm water vaults, construction of embankments and retaining walls, roadway and barriers.

There are times when the roadway at the trail crossing will not be affected by the construction for several weeks or months, which will allow the city to temporarily reopen the trail.

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