If you want to ride the length of the Cedar River Trail this summer, you better do it before July 8.
More flood and erosion control work along the Cedar River this summer means another section of the Cedar River Trail near Maple Valley will be closed. This marks the fourth year in a row that a section of the trail has been put off-limits to bicyclists and other trail users.
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Work begins July 8 that will close the Cedar River Trail between 16916 Renton-Maple Valley Rd. S.E., to the trail’s intersection at 201st Place Southeast. That’s roughly a section between the Southeast Jones Road overpass and Cedar River Road intersection.
Because the trail is wedged between State Route 169 and the Cedar River, the county is not establishing a detour around the work area.
Heavy construction equipment will be used to place large rocks to shore up the riverbank. The county says erosion threatens the a fiber optic cable, State Route 169, as well as the Cedar River Trail.
The trail is expected to reopen again by late September.
The old rail-trail runs for 17 miles from the mouth of the Cedar River at Lake Washington to Landsburg at the foot of the Cascade foothills. The Cedar River meanders in its channel along the length of the trail, closer in some locations than others.
Occasional heavy river flows in the spring have threatened the trail.
King County lists other trails at its website.