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 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 or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at or 206-684-8938.




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Bike-to-Work Day Cyclists on Burke-Gilman Trail Be Aware of Detours

Crews set up detour signs around construction affecting the Burke-gilman Trail.

Seattle City Light and the University of Washington remind Bike-to-Work Day cyclists that City Light’s work on the Burke-Gilman Trail at the university requires a detour. Trail users are urged to check detour routes on the UW Burke-Gilman Trail Detours website.

Seattle City Light crews will increase electrical capacity and improve reliability to the electrical system serving UW. The project requires trenching to build a new duct bank, installing conduits, vaults and new underground high voltage power lines along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

City Light’s work extends along the Burke-Gilman Trail between City Light’s University Substation and the UW’s West Substation. City Light has five phases of work to complete. During the current first phase, crews will work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some weekend work is possible. Noise is expected during construction. The project is an important part of improving service reliability for City Light customers, which is a key part of Seattle City Light’s Strategic Plan.

For more information about this and other City Light construction projects, please visit  Information regarding the Burke-Gilman Trail

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