Work will limit Spencer Island trail access

EVERETT — Popular recreation trails on Spencer Island are set to undergo an almost complete shutdown for the second summer in a row.

Dike repairs and ditch cleaning will force city crews to close the path along the Snohomish River, south of Langus Park, from July 1 through Oct. 31. That’s the same trail that continues along Union Slough. Also closing to the public for six days a week during that period is the gravel road along Ross and Fourth avenues. Fourth Avenue will open to the public on Sundays only.

“If we are able to do the work quicker than anticipated, then we will open up the access sooner,” city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said.

The closures are being timed to minimize the impact of construction on aquatic life. Everett and Diking District 5 are managing the work.

Spencer Island, north of Everett, is home to wetlands and a nature preserve maintained by Snohomish County and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The trail that leads there meanders by the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Smith Island. The city’s Langus Park and boat launch are to scheduled to stay open during the trail closures.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465

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