Burke-Gilman Trail detours
Work is underway on construction projects that improve the Burke-Gilman Trail and the surrounding areas; and more construction is on the way. Current work includes the Montlake Triangle, NE Pacific Place and Rainier Vista, and the new Sound Transit Link light rail station on Montlake. Some of these improvement projects require temporary trail and sidewalk detours, but when completed will provide significant improvements to Burke-Gilman Trail access, safety, capacity, connections and usability. Trail users of all types will benefit from this work to build a first-class multimodal transportation corridor. Work on the trail portion west of the Vista to 15th NE is planned to commence this summer.
We want to help you get around safely and quickly during these projects. While detour routes will not be as quick as your regular route, they are a temporary inconvenience. These construction projects are designed to improve campus and city infrastructure for you! 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.
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Burke-Gilman Trail detours through central campus
Beginning on February 2, 2015, trail users on bicycles coming from the north (University Village area) and heading south/west detour off of the trail at Mason Road NE using a paved pathway near the Padelford Garage. From there, trail users travel into the heart of campus southbound on Mason Road NE and turn left onto Stevens Way NE. Once on Stevens Way NE, bicyclists are advised to go right on Okanogan Lane NE, travelling between Benson and Bagley Halls as they head north up a slight hill. Trail users wishing to travel westward off main campus can continue on to Asotin Place NE and travel through the C8 parking area to 15th Avenue NE at NE 40th Street. The route continues along NE 40th Street for three blocks into the West Campus area and then left on Cowlitz Place NE to connect with the Burke-Gilman Trail continuing westbound towards Gas Works Park and Fremont. Additional west campus detour information can be found below.
Trail users on bicycles coming from the west and heading east/north continue for three blocks along NE 40th Street until crossing 15th Avenue NE. From there, bicyclists are can take a slight right at the corner to follow the trail detour through the C8 parking area and on to Asotin Place NE. The route then turns right to continue along Stevens Way NE. Just after the Rainier Vista, the route makes another right onto Mason Road NE. Bicyclists can continue on Mason Road NE until reaching the Padelford Garage, where they can reconnect with the trail via the newly paved ramp. If heading south from the Rainier Vista area, please refer to the east-central campus detour information below.
Beginning on February 2, 2015, trail users on foot coming from the north (University Village area) and heading south/west detour off of the trail to Mason Road NE via the NE Pacific Place stairway, near Husky Stadium. From there, trail users travel into the heart of campus on Mason Road NE and turn left onto Stevens Way NE. Trail Detour signage then guides pedestrians to follow Stevens Way NE all the way up to Asotin Place NE, and then proceed left. Asotin Place NE curves to the right behind the Architecture building, bringing pedestrians through the C8 parking area and to the intersection of 15th Avenue NE and NE 40th Street. The route continues west along NE 40th Street for three blocks before taking a left onto Cowlitz Place NE to connect with the Burke-Gilman Trail westbound. Additional west campus detour information can be found below.
Trail users on foot coming from the west and heading east/north cross 15th Avenue NE before hanging a slight right at the corner to stay on the trail detour through the C8 parking area and onto Asotin Place NE. After curving around the Architecture building, pedestrians take a right onto Stevens Way and follow the road all the way around the bend to Mason Road NE. After turning right on Mason Road NE and heading down the slight hill to the bend in the road, pedestrians can use the staircase to reconnect with the trail. Additional east-central campus detour information can be found below.
Burke-Gilman Trail detours through east-central campus
Just east of the Rainier Vista, bicyclists coming from the west and wishing to reconnect with the trail can follow the detour route and take a right onto Mason Road NE. The route continues east and then north on Mason Road NE until reaching the Padelford Garage, where bicyclists can use a newly paved path to reconnect with the trail. Bicyclists coming from the north use this same route in the other direction, connecting to Mason Road NE from the trail near the Padelford Garage, and continuing along Mason Road NE to the intersection with Stevens Way NE. If heading south of the Rainier Vista project, cyclists can stay on the trail and cross over to the east side of Montlake Boulevard NE via the Snohomish Overpass (Hec Ed Bridge)
Trail users on foot can use the NE Pacific Place staircase just north of C12 or the ramp at the Snohomish Overpass (Hec Ed Bridge) to connect from Mason Road NE to the trail. Pedestrians may also choose to use the newly installed sidewalks on Mason Road NE to travel north and south along this stretch. Intermittent staircases down to the trail along Mason Road NE will remain open. If heading south of the Rainier Vista project, trail users on foot are may use the Snohomish Overpass (Hec Ed Bridge) and cross over to the east side of Montlake Boulevard NE.
Burke-Gilman Trail detours through west campus
Bicyclists and Pedestrians
At Adams Lane NE, bicycle travel is detoured around the Seattle City Light (SCL) trail construction closures via NE Cowlitz Road in back (south) of Henderson Hall to link with the NE 40th Street bikeway. Return travel from NE 40th Street uses the same routing. Pedestrians wishing to follow the trail’s route are advised to use the Lincoln Way sidewalk on the north side of Henderson Hall to connect with the sidewalk along NE 40th Street. An alternate pedestrian route along NE Pacific Street and NE Northlake Way is also available for those not intending to stay on the trail.
Burke-Gilman Trail connections from the Montlake Triangle area
Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Trail users coming from the south (Montlake Bridge) can travel north across the Montlake Bridge on either side. At the intersection of Montlake Boulevard NE and NE Pacific Street, those wishing to connect with the trail heading west may use the crosswalks to make their way to the north sidewalk of NE Pacific Street and proceed west to the intersection of NE Pacific Street and NE Pacific Place. Trail users can use the paved ramp just northwest of the Triangle Garage entrance to connect with the trail. Those heading north may use the east sidewalk of Montlake Boulevard NE until reaching the Snohomish Overpass (Hec Ed Bridge), where they can connect with the trail. Additionally, the staircase near the northeast corner of the Montlake Triangle (to the trail and Mason Road NE) remains open and accessible via the Triangle Garage’s east sidewalk.