Foothills Trail bridge destroyed during windstorm

A bridge on a section of the Foothills Trail between South Prairie and Buckley was destroyed by a falling tree during the Nov. 12-13 windstorm, according to sources.

Pictures from Pierce County Parks and Recreation show the damage. The bridge was on a section of paved trail that is not yet connected to a completed trail in Buckley and the stretch between Puyallup and South Prairie.

County officials and volunteers had hoped to connect the sections of completed trail in the coming years. The bridge was reportedly built by the Corps of Engineers in 1999 over a portion of trail washed out by a storm.

“We are assessing the damage and how to proceed,” said parks director Tony Tipton, in an email to trail advocates.

The bridge is one of four on the short stretch volunteers affectionately call the “bridges to nowhere” portion of the trail because it is not yet tied in to the rest of the trail. The section of trail was available for public use and was part of the annual Buckley to Orting Half Marathon fundraiser for the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition.