Burke-Gilman Trail detours

Work has already begun on construction projects to improve the Burke-Gilman Trail and the surrounding areas, and more construction is on the way. This includes the Montlake Triangle and Rainier Vista, Maple and Terry halls, the new Sound Transit Link light rail stations and power upgrades by Seattle City Light. Some of these improvement projects require temporary trail detours in the short term, but will provide significant improvements to Burke-Gilman Trail safety, capacity, connections and usability when complete. Trail users of all types will reap the benefits of a first-class multimodal transportation corridor.

Beginning this spring, the University of Washington will close portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail between Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and Mason Road, just east of the Rainier Vista, to facilitate these projects and the construction of a new Burke-Gilman Trail. This detour expands on a previous detour put in place by the Montlake Triangle/Rainier Vista project.


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Find your suggested detour:

  • Headed toward Gas Works Park, Fremont (southwest-bound)
  • Headed toward Gas Works Park, Fremont (northeast-bound) and coming from the Montlake Bridge (south)?
  • Headed toward University Village, Wedgwood (northeast-bound)
  • Headed toward University Village, Wedgwood (northeast-bound) and coming from the Montlake Bridge (south)?
  • Headed toward the University of Washington Medical Center (south)?

    We want to help you get around safely and quickly during this detour. Please keep in mind that these are detours! These routes will not be as quick as your regular route. They are a temporary inconvenience. The reward will be a trail double-its-size in width with separate trails for bicyclists and pedestrians, dozens of new lights, more blue emergency phones, better trail intersections and improved sightlines. We appreciate your understanding and patience while this work is underway.


    Headed toward Gas Works Park and Fremont (southwest-bound) on the Burke-Gilman Trail?



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    Bicyclists

    Beginning Wednesday, May 14, 2014, trail users on bicycles coming from the north (University Village area) and headed south on the Burke-Gilman Trail will detour off of the trail at Mason Road, near Husky Stadium, on a temporary ramp built by the Montlake Triangle/Rainier Vista project. From there, trail users will travel into the heart of campus on Mason Road and turn left on Northeast Stevens Way. Once on Stevens Way, bicyclists will go right on Okanogan Lane, travelling between Benson and Bagley Halls as they head north up a slight hill. Trail users will then continue on to Asotin Place Northeast and travel through a parking area* before crossing 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 40th Street*. Trail users will continue along Northeast 40th Street for three blocks and then take a left on Cowlitz Place Northeast to connect with the Burke-Gilman Trail westbound towards Gas Works Park and Fremont. Over the summer, the Burke-Gilman Trail between Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and the I-5 bridge will feature small detours, but we’ll keep you posted on those detours as they are confirmed.

    *UW Transportation Services is making improvements to the C8 and C12 parking areas to improve conditions for trail users and those parking in the C8 and C12 lots. SDOT will improve the signal at Northeast 40th Street to include a “pedestrian scramble” period – this means no vehicles will move while you’re trying to cross!

    Pedestrians

    Trail users on foot coming from the University Village area and headed south on the Burke-Gilman Trail will detour off of the trail at Mason Road, near Husky Stadium, on a temporary ramp built by the Montlake Triangle/Rainier Vista project. From there, trail users will travel into the heart of campus on Mason Road and turn left on Northeast Stevens Way, staying on the sidewalk on the south side of the street. People on foot will follow Stevens Way all the way up to Asotin Place Northeast, and then proceed left. Asotin Place Northeast curves to the right behind the Architecture building, bringing pedestrians through the C8 parking area and to the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 40th Street*. Trail users will continue west along Northeast 40th Street for three blocks and then take a left on Cowlitz Place Northeast to connect with the Burke-Gilman Trail westbound.

    *SDOT will improve the signal at Northeast 40th Street to include a “pedestrian scramble” period – this means no vehicles will move while you’re trying to cross!

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    Headed toward Gas Works Park or Fremont (westbound) from the Montlake Bridge (south)?

    Bicyclists

    Trail users coming from the Montlake Bridge (south) and headed toward Fremont or Gas Works Park (westbound) on the Burke-Gilman Trail should cross the Montlake Bridge and proceed to the stairs leading up from Northeast Pacific Place to the Burke-Gilman Trail. Those on wheels who would like to avoid or cannot use the stairs should proceed north up to the Hec Ed Bridge before joining with the trail, and then the trail detour outlined HERE

    Pedestrians

    Trail users coming from the Montlake Bridge (south) and headed toward Fremont or Gas Works Park (westbound) on the Burke-Gilman Trail should cross the Montlake Bridge on the west side of the bridge. Cross Northeast Pacific Street and continue northeast-bound on the Montlake Triangle, then cross Northeast Pacific Place and walk up a short set of stairs before connecting with the official detour beginning at Northeast Mason Road.

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    Headed toward University Village and Wedgwood (northeast-bound) on the Burke-Gilman Trail?



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    Trail users coming from Fremont or Gas Works Park (west) and headed towards Husky Stadium or University Village (east or northeast-bound) on the Burke-Gilman Trail will detour off of the trail by turning left off of the trail at Northeast Cowlitz Road and following Cowlitz Place Northeast up to Northeast 40th Street.

    Bicyclists

    Trail users on bicycles will continue for three blocks along Northeast 40th Street until crossing 15th Avenue Northeast. From there, bicyclists can immediately take a slight right to follow the trail detour through the C8 parking area and on to Asotin Place Northeast. Bicyclists will then turn right to continue along Stevens Way. Just after the Rainier Vista, users will take a right on Northeast Mason Road. At the bottom of the slight hill, near the Wilson lab and annex, trail users can connect to the Burke-Gilman Trail headed northbound.

    *SDOT is improving the signal at Northeast 40th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast to include a “pedestrian scramble” period – this means no vehicles will move while you’re trying to cross! Bicyclists entering or exiting the cycle track on Northeast 40th Street should use the pedestrian signal to cross. UW Transportation Services is making improvements to the C8 and C12 parking areas to improve conditions for trail users and those parking in the C8 and C12 lots.

    Pedestrians

    Trail users on foot will cross 15th Avenue Northeast, and hang a slight right to stay on the trail detour through the C8 parking area and on to Asotin Place Northeast. After curving around the Architecture building, pedestrians will take a right onto Stevens Way and follow that road all the way around the bend to Mason Road.

    *SDOT is improving the signal at Northeast 40th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast to include a “pedestrian scramble” period – this means no vehicles will move while you’re trying to cross!

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    Headed toward University Village and Wedgwood (northeast-bound) from the Montlake Bridge (south)?

    Trail users coming from the Montlake Bridge (south) and headed toward Fremont or Gas Works Park (westbound) on the Burke-Gilman Trail should cross the Montlake Bridge on the east side of the bridge. From there, bicyclists and pedestrians should continue along the east sidewalk on Montlake Boulevard Northeast until just past the Hec-Edmundson Pavilion. At that point, trail users can cross the Hec-Ed Bridge and connect with the Burke-Gilman Trail headed northbound toward University Village.*

    *There may be intermittent closures of the sidewalks on the east side of Montlake Boulevard Northeast due to Sound Transit’s University Link expansion project. For more information, please visit Sound Transit’s University Link project page and look for “Construction Alerts” under the “Get Involved” header.

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    Headed toward the University of Washington Medical Center (south)?

    The T-Wing overpass and bridge will remain open throughout most of construction. However, there will be construction in the C10 parking area as UW Transportation Services installs a new secure bike house and covered bicycle parking in this area as a part of the Burke-Gilman Trail project. The T-Wing overpass and bridge will have intermittent closures throughout construction – construction crews will place signs near the detour on Stevens Way if the bridge is closed.

    The Hitchcock Bridge will be closed intermittently throughout construction. If this bridge closes, the T-Wing overpass and bridge will be open to ensure there is still an accessible route to the University of Washington Medical Center from Stevens Way.

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