Ross Avenue, 4th Avenue (the gravel road that runs from underneath I-5 the Spencer Island bridge), and the Snohomish River/Union Slough trail that lead to trails, wetlands and the wildlife preserve on Spencer Island owned by Snohomish County and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be closed July 1 through Oct. 31 for six dike repairs and ditch cleaning.
The trail to Spencer Island starts at the south end of Langus Park and meanders through and around the City’s wastewater treatment plant on Smith Island in north Everett, and is often used by people who want to walk near the river, ride their bikes, roller skate and walk their dog.
The City’s Langus Park and boat launch will remain open during the projects.
The timing of the projects is dictated by the requirements of the environmental permits, which are designed to create the least amount of impacts on aquatic life. The projects are being managed by various agencies including the City of Everett, US Army Corps of Engineers and Diking District 5.
In addition, even though 4th Avenue will also be closed to general traffic during this time frame, traffic will be allowed into the city’s wastewater treatment plant for employees and official business only.
If the projects are completed prior to Oct. 31, access to the areas will be allowed sooner. If openings occur prior to the scheduled date, the city will notify the public.