A section of the Burke-Gilman Trail will be closed tomorrow while SDOT and the Ballard Terminal Railroad fix the problematic rubber crossing near NW 41st St. Trail users will be detoured onto 6th Ave NW during the work.
As we reported earlier this week, many people have reported wrecks at this railroad crossing. The problem stems from the crossing having a shallow angle when crossing the tracks (as close to 90 degrees as possible is preferred). To prevent bicycle wheels from getting caught, a rubber mat was installed. However, the mat can be very slippery in wet or freezing conditions.
Tomorrow, July 1, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Ballard Terminal Railroad will work on a section of the Burke Gilman Trail located between NW 40th and NW 41st streets. The trail will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the work area. Bicyclists will detour to Sixth Avenue NW, and Sixth will be restricted to local traffic only, between Leary Way NW and NW 41st Street.