Work on the W Thomas Street biking and walking overpass was originally supposed to start the summer of 2005. But changes in design and a lack of funds delayed the project, and at one time it appeared to be dead in the water.
But then a December 2010 grant breathed new life into the project, which would close a vital gap in access between Myrtle Edwards Park and Lower Queen Anne. Construction was supposed to start in the middle of 2011, but a lawsuit filed by Hempfest delayed construction until after August.
Scheduled to be open in May, the project was delayed yet again due to trouble acquiring materials (specifically, the long handrails). Now, those delays have been extended further and the new anticipated opening is in late August or early September.
- The overpass opening has been delayed due to difficulties with material acquisition and fabrication of critical handrail components.
- The new opening date is tentatively scheduled for the end of August or early September.
- Due to the delay, crews are now working to restore portions of the bicycle and pedestrian access through Myrtle Edwards Park prior to the opening. Until the trail is restored, we continue to ask that you please “Walk and Ride with Care!” Trail users, both bicycles and pedestrians, are asked to be considerate of others and use caution as there will be pinch points along the trail through the construction zone.
- We thank you for your continued patience as we complete this project.
Among many other benefits, the W Thomas St overpass could revolutionize the bikeability of Lower Queen Anne, which has long been separated from the rest of the city’s bike routes by busy roads, train tracks and steep hills. Just one more month…maybe.