Work to repair the Burke-Gilman Trail and detour will be completed on Dec. 2, 2016

Repairs to four sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District are complete and the final section will be completed on Fri. Dec 2, 2016. This final section detours cyclists off the trail near the University of Washington campus onto 25th Ave. NE. This detour is less than a half a mile and the best alternative route.

Cyclists and pedestrians are asked to use caution in this area. Please dismount and walk bikes when crossing at Pend Oreille Road NE and 25th NE. The contractor has flaggers on the trail during working hours; please follow the signs. Seattle Parks and Recreation regrets the inconvenience to trail users and appreciates their cooperation. For the detour map visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at sandra.albertsen@seattle.gov or 206-684-8938.

 

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation begins repairs on Burke-Gilman Trail

Repairs to five sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District will begin on Monday, Nov. 7. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded the construction contract for repairs to Westwater Construction. Work is scheduled to be completed in early 2017. This project will repair sections of the trail, remove areas of asphalt in disrepair, remove invasive roots that are causing upheaval, and replace those sections with new asphalt. Trail sections were determined by 2015 condition-assessment work done in collaboration with Seattle Department of Transportation.

Cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured around the construction area onto side streets. The contractor will work on one section at a time, from east to west, to reduce the impact to trail users. Please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs for more information about the detour routes.

SPR will also perform small asphalt repairs on the Burke-Gilman Trail in November between Gas Works Park (Meridian Ave. N) and the I-5 bridge, and may require cyclists to dismount and walk around repair work (no detour route will be required). 

 he Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

 For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at sandra.albertsen@seattle.gov or 206-684-8938.

 

 

 

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Burke-Gilman nominated for Best Urban Trail

Burke-Gilman Trail

The 27-mile Burke-Gilman trail is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling trails in Seattle. You can hop on at Golden Gardens Park and follow it clear up to the Sammamish River Trail in Bothell. It promotes non-motorized, pollution-free commutes and provides scenic views for joggers and walkers. So we weren’t surprised to hear that it was nominated as one of the country’s Best Urban Trails by USA TODAY 10Best editors and readers. Now we’re asking for your help to make it number one.

From now until July 20, the public is being asked to vote for the country’s Best Urban Trail. Visit the 10Best Reader’s Choice award page to vote for your favorite. Participants can vote daily until the polls close on Monday, July 20 at noon.

Other nominees include:

  • American River Bike Trail, Sacramento, CA
  • Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta, GA
  • Boulder Creek Path, Boulder, Colo.
  • Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, TX
  • Forest Park Trails, Portland, Ore.
  • Grand Rounds/Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN
  • Griffith Park Trails, Los Angeles, CA
  • Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis, IN
  • Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX
  • Lakefront Trail, Chicago, IL
  • Louisville Loop Trail, Louisville, KN
  • Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, New York City, NY
  • Minuteman Bikeway, Boston, MA
  • MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Columbia, MO
  • Mount Vernon Trail, Washington, D.C.
  • River Walk and Mission Trail, San Antonio, TX
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA
  • Schuylkill River Trail, Philadelphia, PA
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville, S.C.

 

For more information on the contest and nominees, please visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-urban-trail/.

Burke-Gilman Trail Now Open in City Light Project Area

Fresh asphalt is in place after City Light’s work along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Seattle City Light has completed the majority of its electrical infrastructure construction activity along the Burke-Gilman Trail through the University of Washington’s west campus. 

Detour fencing, used to protect trail users during the project, has been removed from the area. Trail users may now travel on the trail without detouring wet of the UW’s Montlake Triangle/Rainier Vista area. The attached photo looks west toward the I-5 Bridge and shows fresh asphalt used to restore the Trail after construction.

City Light has been working since April 2014 on the project to upgrade the electrical reliability and capacity of the system feeding the University of Washington. The project has required intermittent detours of the Burke-Gilman Trail while underground duct banks, conduit, and vaults were installed between City Light’s substation near I-5 and the UW’s substation near 15th Ave NE. The detours have been coordinated with the UW’s own trail improvements. More information on those can be found at: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/tip/detours/bgt

City Light appreciates customers’ patience leading up to this important milestone. The infrastructure improvement reflects City Light’s strategic plan adopted in 2012. At a later date, new electrical cable will be pulled through the conduit to complete the project. More information can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/release.asp?RN=311

About Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Safety First: Seattle City Light Adds Signs to Burke-Gilman Detour

Everything starts with safety at Seattle City Light. That goes for our employees and our customers, which is why we’ve added more signage to help cyclists and drivers stay safe along a detour of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Seattle City Light has been working since April to upgrade the electrical system feeding the University of Washington. The trail has been intermittently detoured. The most recent detour, west of campus, uses signs and delineated bike lanes along NE 40th Street and NE Pacific Street to separate cars and cyclists.

We’re paying attention to trail users’ and drivers’ experience with the detour and listening to their feedback.  

To help cyclists navigate the detour, we produced this video detailing the route.

Cyclist Virginia Wall responded with: “I hate the closures but LOVE your video!  It really helps explain what to expect. Thank you.”

Other comments noted concerns about turning traffic at the busy intersection of 6th Avenue NE and NE 40th Street. Our crews addeed signs to help increase awareness for both drivers and cyclists of each other’s presence.

 

Sign added on 6th Avenue NE.

Signs added at NE 40th Street.

Sign added at NE Pacific Street.

City Light is projecting its work affecting the trail will be completed by mid-February with restoration to follow. With input from customers, we’re making continuous improvements to meet our top priority. Stay safe!