As several readers have already noticed, the County is repaving a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail near Log Boom Park. Work on the 650-foot stretch of trail should be completed by Friday, according to King County Parks.
Workers are dong some root removal on the previously bumpy section of trail, then installing a root barrier and laying new asphalt. People biking will need to dismount and walk through the construction area.
Though there is no need to detour, there may be periods of 10-15 minutes or so when the trail is closed temporarily for trucks to move in and out. Flaggers will be there to control biking and walking traffic.
The bumpy section of trail is at the eastern end of the 2.2-mile section of trail painfully reconstructed last year. The work is paid from the county’s trail and maintenance fund.
8 responses to “County repaving section of Burke-Gilman Trail near Log Boom Park”
This new pavement will be a very welcome improvement! Kind of interesting that the construction crews just kind of “showed up” on Monday without much – if any -advance notice.
Maybe King County would like to fix some of the potholes out near Preston, Fall City, North Bend.
I’d welcome this but they’re going to go for the biggest bang for their buck — which means you smaller communities get hosed.
While this improvement is welcome, it doesn’t really begin to address the condition of the rest of the Gilman Trail, as well as the Sammamish River Trail. Both have root bumps that can crash you out if you’re not paying attention, and I’ve seen many users take dangerous detours into “my” side of the trail to take the cleaner lines. I use both of these trails as a last resort – better pavement to be had on surface streets, and I think it’s just as safe if you ride predictably.
See, that’s one of the main problems with MUPs–they encourage a false sense of safety and security that leads to riders (and peds) not paying attention. As much as I would like to be just as diligent on the Burke or the Sammamish, I’m as guilty as the next guy. A collision with a car would likely cause more injury, but at least they keep me on my toes.
Sometimes we just need to be big boys and appreciate what we have.
I’d forgotten how rough the surface of the Burke Gilman trail is until I took a ride on the section from the U up to Magnison Park. Nearly lost it two or three times when I took my hands off the handlebar to ring my bell (It’s on the stem… I needt to figure out a better placement) to alert people that… “F*k! I’m about to crash into you!!!!”… no seriously that bell was nowhere near as loud as my shout..
The problem here is that the disparity after the 6 million spent for the 2 miles of trail through Lake Forest Park and Logboom Park was huge. Once again I could have lived with it but it is true that this was a very, very uprooted section of trail. This improvement really just extends this LFP work.