The UW is finally set to start the set of big Burke-Gilman Trail detours Wednesday. So be prepared for delays through the area, whether you travel through the area on the trail or get there from the Montlake Bridge.
The crazy amount of work also now includes a Seattle City Light project that will close sections of the trail between the substation under I-5 and 15th Ave NE. The first phase of this work starts this month between Brooklyn and 15th. No word yet on what the detours or schedule will be for the other phases. I have a question out to City Light and will update when I learn more.
Support the Burke-Gilman TIGER grant
Amid all the crazy detours, the UW has submitted a totally rocking application for a $14 million federal TIGER grant so they can fully upgrade the Burke-Gilman Trail through campus (see below). You can voice your support for the application online.
This is the second year UW has tried for a TIGER grant, and they have refined the application to give it a better chance this year (grants often take multiple tries).
The trail already carries as many people during peak hours as a high-performing lane of a major freeway, and that before the September launch of Pronto Cycle Share and the 2016 opening of UW Station.
The trail is an amazing success story, but it is also experiencing serious congestion issues that reduce its ability to carry more people comfortably. With big increases in use projected, there is no better time to invest in widening the trail, reducing conflicts and creating separate walking and biking spaces.