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Gig Harbor Cushman Trail Ribbon Cutting

Extension Phases Three & Four to open May 1st

Gig Harbor, Wash. April 21st, 2015 – A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of Cushman Trail Phase Three and Four, on Friday, May 1st at 11am, at the Borgen Boulevard Trailhead parking area, just off of Borgen Blvd, in Gig Harbor. The public is invited to attend. Mayor Jill Guernsey will recognize the milestone, a project that has been a joint partnership development of the City of Gig Harbor, Tacoma Public Utilities, and Pierce County.

The original design and permitting was completed by Pierce County in 2008. The City of Gig Harbor was able to continue and complete design for the popular trail in 2013. Phase Three provided for the extension of the Cushman Trail from 96th Street to Burnham Drive. This project extended the Cushman Trail from the current terminus point at 96th Street through the natural surroundings via a 1300 foot long pin-pile bridge. This portion is constructed within the Tacoma Public Utilities powerline easement and terminates across Burnham Drive just north of 50th Street, near the entrance to the Little League ballfields.

Phase Four provided for the extension of Cushman Trail from Phase Three terminus at Burnham Drive, through a portion of the McCormick Creek Plat development and then following the Tacoma Public Utilities powerline easement, via a newly constructed at-grade trail, and terminating at a newly constructed trailhead with parking lot and restroom facilities at Borgen Boulevard.

Funding for the construction of the new extensions came from several sources including grants from the Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) Program, administered through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Washington State Department of Transportation, Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program, administered through Puget Sound Regional Council and the Washington State Department of Transportation, and a direct appropriation grant that Senator Patty Murray procured through the Washington State Public Works Assistance Account (Public Works Board). In addition, the city is utilizing its local match of Hospital Benefit Zone monies.

The 6.2-mile trail, which originates at 14th Ave NW, just south of the Gig Harbor city limits, is exclusively for non-motorized uses and features five restrooms along the route, five onsite parking locations, and consists of 12 – 16 foot wide pervious pavement with 4 foot gravel shoulders. Seating is also available along the trail. A section of the trail between Foster Street and Wilkinson Farm Park is constructed on a 400 foot long pin-pile bridge, which is constructed to minimize impacts to the natural surroundings in the area. A lighted crosswalk has been installed across Rosedale Street and across the new Phase Three portion at Burnham Drive. The trail provides dramatic scenery and access through natural resource areas with trail slopes that vary from flat up to a challenging 10%. The route crosses deep ravines with streams, and offers wildlife viewing and views of Gig Harbor.

For additional information about the Cushman Trail or the Cushman Trail Phase Three and Four ribbon cutting event please contact Maureen Whitaker, City of Gig Harbor at (253) 853-7618. www.cityofgigharbor.net 

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Contact: Karen Scott, City of Gig Harbor, Tourism and Communications Director
(253) 853-3554
scottk@cityofgigharbor.net www.gigharborguide.com