As I’m sure regular Burke-Gilman Trail users have noticed, Seattle City Light has wrapped up its work between the UW and the power station under I-5.
“City Light appreciates customers’ patience leading up to this important milestone,” City Light said in a statement. “The infrastructure improvement reflects City Light’s strategic plan adopted in 2012. At a later date, new electrical cable will be pulled through the conduit to complete the project.”
The detour was pretty rough for everyone, but City Light deserves credit for taking their original plan back to the drawing board. While the detour was plagued with concerns about poor sight lines and long crossing distances, the original plan would have detoured people on the trail into often-busy traffic lanes. This might have worked fine for confident riders, but the Burke-Gilman draws people of all levels of confidence, many drawn to the trail specifically because they do not feel comfortable biking in traffic.
Meanwhile, the UW detours will continue for a while as work on the Montlake Triangle project gets closer and closer to completion. You can stay updated on UW detours on the project website.