CLARKSTON, Wash. – Visitors using the Greenbelt Trail along the Snake River in Clarkston, Wash., may find portions of the trail temporarily blocked off to accommodate construction activities as Avista Utilities installs a new natural gas pipeline on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed land between the south end of Chestnut Beach and the north end of Swallows Park, according to Corps officials.
The work activity began July 18 and will continue through August. The temporary trail closures will occur intermittently as Avista’s work progresses along the 7,700-foot-long construction area. A graphic-map of the construction area is available online at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/html/offices/pa/NR/NR11_files/NR11-112map.jpg.
Visitors are encouraged to continue to use and enjoy the Greenbelt Trail during the construction period, but to respect caution signs and construction barriers, and keep an eye out for large construction equipment and vehicles operating within the worksite. This additional traffic will continue throughout the work period.
Once installed, Avista's new natural gas pipeline will help deliver needed capacity to Clarkston-area customers.
As in-kind consideration in lieu of fees for conducting this project on Corps-managed lands, Avista will install 46 lights along the trail from Chestnut Beach to Swallows Boat Ramp Parking Lot, at an approximate cost of $71,500. The new lights, to be installed later this year, will improve the safety of visitors who use the Greenbelt Trail.
"We are pleased to partner with the Corps to install safety lighting along the Greenbelt Trail as a part of our natural gas pipeline project," said Mike Tatko, Avista’s regional business manager for Lewiston/Clarkston.
Keeping funds for this project local in the form of new trail lighting is a very visible benefit to Avista customers and all area residents who use the trail."
For more information about this project contact the Avista Media Line at 509-495-4174.
For information about Corps of Engineers recreation opportunities in the Clarkston-Lewiston area, call the Lower Granite Natural Resources Management Office at 509-751-0240.