Burke Gilman Trail ramp improvements in Ballard to start next week

Bicycle commuters will be detoured

Update, May 7

Just a reminder that the detour is in place. We ran into one yesterday (see above) and it was fairly simple to get around. You don't have to go all the way out to Leary Ave, which is quite a bit more dangerous. See below for more details.

Original, May 3

Bicycle commuters may want to watch out next week. Seattle Department of Transportation crews will be upgrading ramps at three locations next week on the Burke Gilman trail in Ballard, starting on Monday, May 6 and completed by Thursday, May 23.

The three locations are:

  • NW 36th St
  • NW 39th St
  • NW Bowdoin Place

The work will begin on May 6 and should be completed by May 23. There will be a detour in place throughout the project; bikes and pedestrians should proceed with caution and closely follow detour signs.

Northbound bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured off the trail at 2nd Ave NW and will be routed to NW 36th St. Cyclists and pedestrians will continue on 3rd Ave NW, then onto NW 39th St, and then back onto the Burke Gilman Trail. Then they will be detoured briefly off the trail around the work area at NW Bowdoin Pl.

Southbound bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured briefly off the trail at NW Bowdoin Pl, and then directly back onto the trail. Then will be detoured off the trail at NW 39th St and routed to 3rd Ave NW which turns into NW 36th St. Bicyclists and pedestrians will continue onto 2nd Ave NW and then back onto the trail.

This project is part of SDOT’s Urban Trails and Bikeways program to upgrade trail ramps to meet current Americans with Disability Act standards. Funding is provided by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative.

For comments or questions on bicycle or pedestrian issues, please contact SDOT’s Bike and Walk program at 206-684-7583 or send email to walkandbike@seattle.gov

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