Seward Park water system project will close sections of loop trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation is replacing the domestic water system throughout Seward Park necessitating closure of sections of the Shore Loop Road (pedestrian and bike trail).

Parks’ contractor for the project, Jansen Inc., will temporarily close 1,000 feet of the road at a time during construction hours, Monday – Friday, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, visitors will not be able to detour around the construction area. There will be signs to indicate the area is closed and pedestrians and bicyclists will need to backtrack on the loop.

This project includes replacing the water mains, fire hydrants, water to service buildings and the irrigation supply. The new water system will be installed using both low impact pipe bursting and conventional cut and cover methods.  The low impact pipe bursting method in contrast to the cut and cover method allows for greater preservation of the mature forest at Seward Park. When the water system replacement work is complete in the spring, restoration of all affected and disturbed pavement, sidewalks, paths, surfacing, topsoil, grass, plantings and mulching will take place.

This project replaces the Seward Park domestic water system constructed in the early 1900s. The undersized domestic water and fire protection service lines are in poor condition and require an upgrade. The new water system will maximize efficiency.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/seward/water_system.htm or contact Karen O’Connor at 206-233-7929 or karen.o’connor@seattle.gov.