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US 2 - Iron Goat Interpretive Site

Project was complete October 7th, 2006
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Trailwork Progress as of September 13th
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Crews finish work on the trail access above the parking lot on September 13th.
Toilets installed
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  The vault toilets are installed and will be functional by the October Ribbon Cutting.
Caboose sign gets refreshed
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The sign on the caboose gets refreshed on September 13th.

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  This is an overhead view of the site.
This 1916 concrete snowshed wall will be accessible by wheelchair from the new interpretive site.

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This 1916 snow shed wall is accessible with a wheelchair from the new interpretive site.
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The caboose was moved from Skykomish to the site on August 28th.
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  3 hours after it left Skykomish, the caboose was being placed at the Interpretive site.
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 of the groundbreaking on July 14th.


This project was complete October 7th, 2006.


Why is WSDOT build the Iron Goat Interpretive Site?

WSDOT, King County, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington and the United States Forest Service partnered to design, construct and maintain the site.  It is located on US 2 at Milepost 58.3, at the intersection of Old Cascade Highway (a county road).  This site is located on WSDOT right of way, King county right of way, and US Forest Service land, six miles west of the Stevens Pass Summit.


As the primary property owner, WSDOT acted as lead agency to construct a multi-use facility that includes an interpretive site, parking, traveler information, recreational access, and rest room facilities.

The End Result

The site built a third access point to the lower grade of the Iron Goat Trail from the project site to the Martin Creek Trailhead.  It also provides safety rest area amenities including a new parking lot off the highway and new public restrooms.

Project Benefits

The Iron Goat Trail is located on sections of an abandoned Great Northern Railroad right of way and is divided into two levels, an upper grade and lower grade.  Currently there are two trailheads along this eight-mile section, one at Martin Creek and the other at Wellington.  This project built: 

  • A third access to the Iron Goat Trail.
  • An interpretive kiosk and a historic caboose.
  • Day and overnight passenger vehicle as well as bus parking.
  • Rest room facilities. 

What is the project timeline?
Construction began July 24th and was complete within 60 working days on October 7th, 2006. 

Financial Information

this project was advertised for private contractor bids on May 30th.  Bids were opened June 22nd. Contract # 7178 was awarded to Tri Maxx Construction, Inc. of Sedro Woolley, for $599,414 on June 29th, 2006. 

This project was funded through the following sources:

  • Pre-Existing Gas Tax - $250,000
  • Other Agency Funds - $444,000
  • Total funding from all sources - $694,000

For project schedule and updates, please see the Quarterly Project Report

How can I get more information?

Project Engineer:  Bob Romine

WSDOT North Central Region Project Office

P.O. Box 98

Wenatchee WA   98807

Phone:  509-667-2880, or toll-free 1-800-461-8816


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