I received this question from a reader of the blog late last week:

I noticed that the Children of the Sun trail is torn up at Parksmith as an on/off ramp is created for the NSC. Does anyone know when it will be back in operation? Looking forward to riding the trail again this Spring.

Today I heard back from the Washington State Department of Transportation with an answer, which is:

There are actually two contracts currently underway in the area of Parksmith that impact the Children of the Sun Trail. One project is constructing a pedestrian-bikepath bridge to carry the trail over one of the Parksmith Interchange ramps that is being built on the other project. To facilitate the reconstruction of the trail in this area from the current temporary alignment to the ultimate configuration, the trail will need to be closed until both projects are at or near completion, which is currently scheduled for late summer 2012.

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