Several mudslides are obscuring the Burke-Gilman Trail near Lake City. One of the slides has taken out power lines and will not be cleared until the line work is finished.
Reader David Walls reports how he got around the slides this morning:
Just got in off the BG and there is one slide that is blocking the trail just after 125th if you are heading out. The work around is up 125th to 42nd to 41st where there is a squiggly street that will take you back down to the trail. There are a few smaller slides that are passable with a little ramming speed.
There are multiple small and minor slides along the Burke-Gilman Trail, one large one and one of significance.
- Just North of 147th: crossing covering [minor]
- 14012 Riviera: [minor]
- – UPDATED — 13552 Riviera: large slide completely covering trail, trees holding debris from going into Riviera; Parks crews are working on clearing this slide
- – UPDATED — 15282 Riviera: major slide on top small small slide from last night; power lines down; trees, power lines blocking Burke-Gilman Trail and Rivera; City Light crews are working on the power lines issue; Parks crews will not work on this area until City Light has finished its work.
- 12040 Riviera: small slide in ditch, not over trail [minor]
- 11530 Riviera: in ditch, not over trail [small-med]
- 10692 Riviera: in ditch, not over trail [minor]
- Just past 97th St intersection: covering most of trail (just north of Matthews Beach) [small]
- Just prior to bridge where trail crosses Sand Point Way: partially covering trail (@ Matthews Beach) [small-med]
Anyone else out there have issues riding this morning due to mudslides or ponding water?
UPDATE 1:04 PM: I should have updates about evening commute conditions on the trail later this afternoon.
UPDATE 2:04 PM: Commenter biliruben pointed out a KOMO video with good footage of the slide:
UPDATE 3:27 PM: SDOT says all Burke-Gilman slides have been cleared except for the largest one. Trail will be closed this evening from 125th to 145th. From Joelle Hammerstad:
All the slides on the trail have been cleared, except that big one. The trail remains closed between 125th and 145th. We have established a detour, but it’s far from ideal. Please caution riders that the detour is slick, steep and dark. We are getting signs placed right now.
Here are the details:
Northbound riders will be detoured off the trail at 125th
They will go up the hill to the T to 42nd Ave. NE
Turn north on 42nd Ave. NE
Continue to 42nd Place NE (where the road splits, take the downhill option)
That road winds considerably, but you’ll hit the trail again at 145th Ave. NE
Here’s a map of the detour. Note that there are some pretty steep hills here, and it will be dark and slick:
UPDATE 3:47 PM: If I were you, I would count on the trail still being closed for your morning commute. They can’t work while it’s dark, says Hammerstad, and it’s almost sunset. Barring any new slides, though, the trail should be in decent shape otherwise. Be sure to report your commute conditions in the comments.