UPDATE: Seattle Parks says the trail should be open by 4:30, but expect it to be muddy. Crews will power wash the trail tomorrow morning.
Seattle Parks was rushing to clear a mudslide on the Burke-Gilman Trail in near the city border before the evening commute, but an equipment failure means that does not look likely.
Joelle Hammerstad from Seattle Parks said crews will sign a detour route. The city has also rented a replacement excavator machine and lights so they can work into the dark hours to get it cleared.
S. Adams tweeted a photo of the mudslide yesterday:
— S. Adams (@SLadams99) December 21, 2012
Unfortunately, the area is prone to slides, and this one is likely not the last one we will see in coming months. As we noted yesterday, it is great to see the city and King County treating the Burke-Gilman as a priority transportation corridor, working to clear this slide and a tree that covered the trail in Bothell yesterday.
From Seattle Parks:
We may run out of daylight before we get this cleared due to equipment failure. A replacement excavator is being rented. A light tower is being rented. Work will continue into the evening until the trail is passable. Work will then resume tomorrow Saturday, December 22, for additional cleanup and any residual slide activity. In speaking with the Park Engineer and reviewing the incoming weather pattern that is forecast, it is expected to dry out somewhat. The thinking is that we can complete the work Saturday and we hope not to have any additional activity on the slide into the early part of next week. In the event that we have more slides as we go into the holiday, we have staff on call.
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