June 10, 2011

Utility work starting June 13 affects Burke Gilman Trail

During the weeks of June 13 and June 20, Seattle City Light will be performing utility work on utility poles along the UW section of the Burke Gilman Trail near Montlake Boulevard. Trail users should expect delays and detours throughout the two-week period.

Although City Light may need to adjust their schedule to respond to emergency work elsewhere in Seattle, detour routes and traffic control measures should be as described even if there is a change in dates.

During the week of June 13, City Light will be replacing utility poles between Pend Oreille and Mason Road Path (the path between the Burke Gilman Trail and the Padelford Garage). trucks will be parked on the east side of the trail and will be controlling trail traffic with signs and flaggers. Trail users should expect delays through the narrow section of trail that remains open and adjust their plans accordingly.

During the week of June 20, City Light will be replacing utility poles just south of Mason Road Path. Because this section of the trail is narrow, City Light will need to fully close the trail to accommodate trucks. A detour will be signed along Mason Road Path, Mason Road and Hec Ed Path. Due to the sharp turns on the Hec Ed Path, trail users who have strollers, long bicycles, or bicycle trailers may wish to bypass the Hec Ed Path by continuing on Mason Road and reconnecting with the Burke Gilman Trail at Rainier Vista.

Anyone with questions about the trail delays and detours should contact UW Commuter Services at bikehelp@uw.edu.