Seattle City Light is moving work on their trial-aligned power upgrade project west to connect to the power station under I-5. This means anyone using the trail should be prepared for a detour starting January 17 and continuing through mid-February.
The good news is that City Light has changed its mind and will create a temporary trail detour on NE Pacific and NE 40th Streets. As we reported previously, the original plan was to just detour trail users into the general traffic lanes on these sometimes busy streets. We argued that it was irresponsible to send trail users — many of whom are new to biking or are children — into shared traffic lanes. It’s great to see the project planners change their minds and create a smart detour concept.
However, be ready to go extra slow and bike single file. Some sections of the detour trail will only be eight feet wide, which will be a tight fit when passing people biking in the other direction. People walking will have their own detour, so that should help with the squeeze.
Seattle City Light is continuing its electrical reliability and capacity upgrade of the system feeding the University of Washington (UW). The project has required intermittent detours of the Burke-Gilman Trail while underground conduit is installed between City Light’s substation near I-5 and the UW’s substation near 15th Ave NE.
This last phase of conduit installation will require detour of the trail between Latona Avenue NE in Wallingford and Adams Lane near the University Bridge. See Burke-Gilman detour map. The work has a planned start date of this Saturday, January 17 and will last until approximately mid-February, 2015.
Pedestrians will be detoured onto sidewalks while cyclists will be detoured onto pre-existing designated bike lanes and lanes to be set apart in current traffic lanes. In the latter case, cones bolted to the asphalt will separate cyclists from traffic. For roadway adjustments to protect bicyclists, see Burke-Gilman Trail detour insets on map . Signage will direct cyclists and pedestrians at waypoints along the detour route. See Burke-Gilman Trail detour signage example.
Westbound motorists on NE 40th Street will not be permitted to turn left onto NE Pacific Street at 5th Avenue NE to accommodate the new temporary lanes for cyclists. Traffic will be detoured there and can rejoin westbound NE Pacific Street at Latona Avenue NE.