Brier hopes to begin pedestrian bridge repair, park improvements soon

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The pedestrian bridge scheduled for repairs.
The pedestrian bridge scheduled for repairs.

Brier officials are hoping to have two major projects in city park and greenbelt areas underway soon.

A proposed replacement for the damaged Scriber Creek pedestrian bridge is going out for bid “in the next few weeks,” said Brier Mayor Bob Colinas. The current wooded bridge in the 21000 block of Oak Way and 21st Avenue West, and the banks of the creek beneath it, were damaged in a December 2007 storm. Although emergency repairs were completed on the structure, state officials called for a permanent replacement bridge to be built.

Coming up with funding for a new bridge has been a struggle for the City of Brier; “Ultimately we were able to acquire a state grant in the amount of $800,000 that made the upcoming work on this project possible,” Colinas said.

The bridge is vital because it not only serves as part of a connecting network of city park trails, it also supports a sewer line that runs beneath the existing bridge deck. The project will replace the existing bridge and remove damaged bridge pilings, dredge some of the creek and restore 60 feet of damaged creek bank.

In a separate project, five-acre Locust Creek Park, in the 2200 block of Vine Road, is targeted for improvements this year.

The city acquired the park land in 1999, but has done little work on the property since then. “Shortly after acquisition, and with citizen participation, the city processed a master plan for this site and worked to open the site for general public use,” Colinas said. “The city has made some minor improvements since that time but has been limited in its financial abilities to complete the planned connecting trails, jogging paths, improve the parking area, provide picnic opportunities and other amenities in the park.”

City officials report that funding for the park improvements has now been secured; the $175,000 cost will be met by the city with help from a $75,000 grant from Snohomish County. The only remaining step is completing the permitting process with the Army Corp of Engineers. “We are hoping to acquire their approval any day,” Colinas said.

— Story and photo Doug Petrowski

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