King County is “ditching” along the Burke-Gilman Trail just north of the Seattle border, so leave time for delays of up to 15 minutes for the next week and a half.
This information comes from an alert we just received from King County Parks. I have asked some follow-up questions (What is “ditching?” Why is it necessary? How long is the work area?) and will update when I hear back. Here’s the text of the trail alert:
Crews will be ditching along the Gilman Trail from the 10th through the 21st, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They have begun at the City of Seattle line (near Lake Forest Park) and will proceed east from there down the trail. There will be heavy equipment involved, so portions of the trail may be closed for up to 15 minute intervals. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE: Just heard back from Doug Williams at King County Parks:
Ditching involves cleaning debris and clearing out the existing ditches along the trail. Stuff is growing in them, branches often fall down into them, garbage gets tossed, sediment and other material can accumulate, and the next thing you know, you’ve lost much of their ability to collect and transport water.
So we’re in there scooping out all of that junk to ensure the ditches function properly when (if?) it rains.