Powerline work could close sections of B-G and Ship Canal Trails

The vernal equinox marks the beginning of several things: More light than darkness each day, debilitating allergy attacks and road construction. Both fortunately and not, there seems to be a large number of construction projects that will affect biking around Seattle. Add a Fremont Burke-Gilman closure to that list.

Actually, both the Burke-Gilman and the Ship Canal Trail across the way may be intermittently closed between May and June while crews install power lines on those big power line towers. There are meetings coming up next Tuesday to discuss the projects.

From the Cascade blog:

But there is one more project you should aware of. Seattle City Light’s plans to install new power lines onto the steel towers on either side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal at Warren Avenue in Fremont and Queen Anne. Why does this matter to me, you ask? The work will affect the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Ship Canal Trail.  The plan is to have a safety buffer under the towers, causing a portion of the trails there to be intermittently closed.  Bicyclists will be detoured around the project and back onto the trails. The construction is set to start on May 2 and to continue through July.

Have an opinion? Or want to know more? There will be two public forums to discuss the project.

The first is on Tuesday, March 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Seattle Pacific University’s Bertona Hall, 103 W. Bertona St., Room 2. Parking is free in the lot west of the Bertona building.

The second meeting is on Tuesday, March 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Theo Chocolate, 3400 Phinney Ave. N.

Come out, learn, and share your thoughts.

Check out the website for more information.

Other upcoming construction projects:

  • The combination of construction on Dexter and the ongoing Mercer/Broad construction complicates bike travel between downtown and much of Seattle north and west of Lake Union.
  • Repaving of the Burke-Gilman north of the Seattle city limits for much of spring and summer. Detour options are still in the works, but should be ready “soon” according to the Cascade blog.
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