Bad news for Burke-Gilman Trail users who have been dealing with a nasty detour: Work on the trail is not expected to be fully complete until January 31.
Reader Lori M noted the date change on a construction sign and left this comment on a previous post:
Originally planned for reopening in December, the project required the closing of several miles of the trail north of the Seattle border. The official detour adds over two miles of hilly roadways compared to the flat trail separated from motorized traffic. It has been closed since June.
The completion date is very weather dependent at this point, according to King County Parks. From Doug Williams at KC Parks:
Tom: Yes and no on Jan. 31 completion date. Right now, we’re hoping to get the northern portion of the trail – from Logboom to Balinger – open in mid-December; the remainder of the trail should be completed by Jan. 31, which means you’re right – we’re a month and change behind where we thought we’d be when we set up our original schedule.
Weather permitting – and that’s a big if right now – we’re hoping to get the actual paving wrapped up in just a few more work days. Then comes installation of the fencing, the trail lighting, the bollards, the remaining concrete flatwork (the intersection treatments), landscaping and a litany of other items. Some of the work is very weather dependent, so the actual completion date of the project, along with the earlier opening of that northern stretch, could vary.
Hang in there…