Temporary Detour of Burke-Gilman Trail for Bridge Painting Project Starts August 22

On Behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation:

Trail users will follow a short reroute via North Northlake Way and parking lot

SEATTLE – Cyclists, runners and walkers on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood will start using a short detour use starting next week and lasting through mid-fall.

The trail reroute will be in place by 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 so contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation can use a 200-foot section of the trail while repainting portions of the State Route 99 Aurora Avenue Bridge.

Trail detour route

Cyclists and pedestrians who use the trail will follow a detour onto North Northlake Way in front of the Lake Washington Rowing Club. A marked detour across the west end of a U-Park parking lot will connect trail users between the existing path and North Northlake Way. Here is a map of the detour route

Cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to stay on the marked detour and use caution while crossing the parking lot, which will remain open to drivers. In addition, rowers will be nearby moving long boats in and out of the rowing club’s boat storage area.

“Finding a detour through this area that works for trail users and minimizes the effects on cyclists has been very challenging,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Dave Lindberg. “This detour keeps trail users close to the existing trail and minimizes their exposure to more heavily traveled streets.”

The detour route was developed through close collaboration with the city of Seattle and the Cascade Bicycle Club. WSDOT also consulted local businesses and property owners. The original detour route via North 34th Street was shelved in early July after the Cascade Bicycle Club expressed concerns about heavy traffic and construction on the street.

“We want to thank WSDOT for partnering with us and their persistence in developing a detour that works for bike riders and trail users of all ages and abilities,” said Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker. “We appreciate how they took cyclists’ concerns to heart and worked closely with a wide variety of groups and businesses to create this detour.”

The detour is scheduled to be in place through Oct. 31.

Equipment staging on the trail

The detour is necessary because a section of the trail will be used by Hercules Painting to stage more than a dozen pieces of large equipment necessary for repainting the 85-year-old Aurora Avenue bridge. The area immediately west of the Lake Washington Rowing Club is the only suitable location for the equipment. 

Crews have now cleaned and repainted about half of the bridge’s floor beams and stringers – large pieces of steel that help support the bridge deck. The cleaning and repainting work is expected to be completed this fall. Removing the containment system in work platforms is tentatively scheduled to be completed in early 2017.

The $18.7 million project is the first of two painting projects that will preserve and protect this city of Seattle historic landmark. A second project scheduled to begin in late 2017 will repaint the bridge trusses and vertical steel supports.

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