Burnt Bridge Creek Trail section closes until 2013

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A section of Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek Trail will close for more than a year starting Thursday as construction work picks up at the intersection of St. Johns Boulevard and state Highway 500.

Crews will close the section of the trail that passes under the highway. Instead, walkers and bicyclists will be diverted to a detour that runs along Northeast 44th Street, Northeast 42nd Avenue and Nicholson Road. The detour adds about one mile to the length of the trail, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The detour will remain in place until 2013, when the project is scheduled to be finished.

WSDOT crews are converting the signalized intersection of St. Johns Boulevard and state Highway 500 into a freeway-style interchange. When the $48 million project is done, a raised St. Johns roadway will pass over the highway and be connected by interchange ramps.

A map of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail detour is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR500/StJohnsInterchange.