|Snohomish Co. Public Works upgrading bridge 702, photo from Russ Bosanko|
The bridge decking is another great step forward following this past summer of work on the Whitehorse Trail. The eastern 18 miles of the trail received a thorough brushing and other access enhancements, probably the most immediate maintenance need for preserving the trail.
Now the next phase is started. Snohomish County Parks has had the offer of a generous private donation to pay for decking materials, all with an eye toward getting the entire Whitehorse Trail fully functional. A lot of work and financing is still to be determined, but we are extremely happy to see the fine work that is evident here.
|photo before the work (from March 2012)|
Each of the old railroad bridges along the trail were assessed this past spring. This bridge evidently needed some new pieces as is seen in these photos with the new I-beam.
The bridge is not open for use yet. There will need to be railings, and the eventual plan also calls for a non-slip surface that will be better for horses in wet weather. This bridge has the decking placed perpendicular to the travel direction, which seems like a better application for slip prevention than some of the older bridges that have decking placed lengthwise.