White River Levee Preservation Project

What's happening

A section of the Sumner Link Trail will be closed through late October while a White River levee preservation project is underway.

The work was originally expected to be completed in mid-October, but work was stopped Sept. 3 due to nearby fires and poor air quality. Work resumed Sept. 21.

About 780 feet of the Sumner Commercial Levee along the White River’s right bank will be reinforced during the project.

Sumner Link Trail
White River Levee Detour Map_02_Webpage

Trail impacts

The trail will be closed from 16th Street East to about 45 feet north of 24th Street East. 


A detour route will take trail users along 24th Street East, 140th Avenue East and 16th Street East. 

Flaggers will direct trail users through about 400 feet of the work area located north of the trail’s intersection with 16th Street East. 

About the project

The section of the levee has been eroding due to the migration of the White River. 

Pierce County crews will install large rocks on the landward side of the levee to reinforce the levee and prevent channel migration in the event of additional erosion that breaches the levee. The rocks will be topped with soil and plants native to the area.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Trucks and heavy equipment will access the levee via 16th Street East.

Other projects in the area

Learn about the City of Sumner's White River restoration project at connects.sumnerwa.gov/white-river-restoration-project.

White River Levee Preservation Project
Contact Us

Sarah Grice,

Engineering Supervisor

Reception: (253) 798-6000


7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


4812 196th St. E

Spanaway, WA 98387