Crews are building the second of two new, covered bridges on the popular Hertz Trail in North Lake Whatcom Park.
The bridges are 1 mile and 1.75 miles down the trail respectively, according to Tom Chisholm of the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department.
They are replacing two worn, wooden spans.
The one farther down the trail was completed in October. The one at the first mile, where there's also a waterfall, is expected to be done next week. The trail remains open during the work.
The look of both new bridges is a nod to the area's railroading history, Chisholm noted.
The trail, from the interpretive kiosk on, follows the railroad grade of the Bellingham and Eastern Railway along the shore of Lake Whatcom.
"They're attractive. Already, people have given us rave reviews, great comments," said Chisholm, who oversees trails maintenance and construction for Whatcom Parks.
Both bridges are 6 feet wide. One is 40-foot-long, the other is 36 feet.
Each bridge costs $7,000.
Money for the second one was donated by Brent Wilson, a man who often walked the trail, in memory of his son who died from cancer.
Having the bridges covered also will help protect them from rot and will keep trail users dry when they gather to watch the kokanee, which are freshwater sockeye salmon, swim upstream around Thanksgiving, Chisholm said.
The Hertz Trail is sandwiched between Lake Whatcom and Stewart Mountain.
"I think they're an enhancement to the trail," Chisholm said. "This is our busiest trail. ... We kind of call it the nicest walk in Whatcom because it's right here along the shore of Lake Whatcom, it's undeveloped, and there's an old-growth forest on one side and beautiful views on the other."
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