Update on Spiketon Ditch Bridge Demolition and Trail Closure

Pierce County has announced the upcoming demolition of the Spiketon Ditch Bridge, located east of South Prairie. The bridge, which was closed in November due to safety concerns, has been deemed unsafe for any use. Demolition is expected to begin within the next two weeks, and during this period, the trail will be closed at specific points near the bridge. For more details, read the full announcement below.

From Pierce Count Parks:

As you may know, the County closed the Spiketon Ditch Bridge, located about 1.5 miles east of South Prairie, in November after a bridge inspection identified potential failure. Since then, further investigation has confirmed that the bridge is unsafe for any use, yet trail users have continued to access the bridge despite efforts to secure it.

Bridge Demolition work is expected to begin in the next two weeks, weather permitting. During demolition, the trail will be closed just east of the bridge at 268th Avenue Court East and at the South Prairie Trailhead (see map below). The remainder of the trail will be open during demolition.

Following bridge demolition, Parks will be pursuing reconstruction of the bridge, however design and permitting may take several years. During this time, the trail closure will remain in place.

Do not attempt or create your own crossing at the closure site. No detours through the area are recommended, as there are no other bicycle or pedestrian facilities available. Plan to turn around at the bridge closure and ride or walk back the way you came.

We will continue to send updates as they become available. Check our website for updates at www.piercecountywa.gov/spiketon.

Please direct inquiries related to this project to Tiffany Odell, Planning Supervisor by phone, (253) 798-4254, or email: [email protected].

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