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Critical levee work requires periodic closures along portions of Green River Trail

Summary

Extensive maintenance work by King County along the levee system stretching from Renton to Kent begins soon, and will require intermittent closures of the Green River Trail, which serves as the levees' maintenance and repair road.

Story

Maintenance work is scheduled to start this summer along a dozen miles of levees that protect the cities of Renton, Tukwila and Kent from Green River flooding.  This work will require temporary, intermittent closures of sections of the Green River Trail.

King County crews will repair damaged portions of levees, replace stormwater infrastructure, remove stumps, hedges and debris, and carry out other needed maintenance work. Maintenance is required to improve levee integrity and allow safety inspections of the levees.

The maintenance project’s extensive use of heavy equipment along the levees will require temporary closures portions of the Green River Trail, which serves as the levee maintenance and emergency repair road.

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.

Project managers are working to minimize the size and duration of the trail closures and are coordinating with local Parks departments to avoid conflicts with planned trail events.

Go to www.kingcounty.gov/rivers for current information about upcoming Green River Trail closures, and to sign up for weekly closure updates. Follow #GreenRiverTrail on Twitter for program updates.

The levee system along the lower Green River from Auburn to Tukwila stretches 21 miles in length, and includes roughly one dozen levees that protect tens of thousands of people, more than 100,000 jobs and more than $7 billion in property.