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Part of Lower Cedar River Trail closed through September for repairs

A public works employee fishes a damaged gabion out of the river. The metal cages will be replaced this month. - Courtesy City of Renton
A public works employee fishes a damaged gabion out of the river. The metal cages will be replaced this month.
— image credit: Courtesy City of Renton

Approximately 400 feet of gabions along the stretch of the lower Cedar River Trail between Logan and Bronson Way were damaged by floating debris during the January 2009 flood. The trail along the river’s north edge will be closed through mid-September 2014 to replace these damaged gabions.

Temporary repairs were performed in January 2009, but the 30 year old rock-filled wire baskets which aid in erosion control are nearing the end of their serviceable life and require replacement. The city received FEMA funding in 2012 to replace the gabions and has scheduled the project to be completed in July and August, when the water is low and salmon and other endangered fish are typically not present.

During the work, the contractor will use a portion of North Riverside Drive between Wells Avenue North and Williams Avenue North for staging and storage, and will use the existing ramp at the intersection of Wells Avenue North and North Riverside Drive to access the trail.

A traffic control plan will create a single traffic lane along this block of North Riverside Drive and pedestrians will be asked to cross the bridge to South Riverside Drive during construction.

Park patrons will still have access to N. Riverside Drive, and the Cedar River Trail.

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