As you may know, work has already begun on construction projects to improve the Burke-Gilman Trail and the surrounding areas. This includes the Montlake Triangle and Rainier Vista, Maple and Terry Hall, the new Sound Transit Link light rail stations, and utility upgrades in the Burke-Gilman corridor. While some of these improvement projects require temporary trail detours in the short term, they will ultimately contribute to significant improvements to Burke-Gilman Trail safety, capacity, connections and usability. Trail users of all types will reap the benefits of this first-class multimodal transportation corridor.
Beginning Wednesday, May 14 the University of Washington will change the detour already in place for the Montlake Triangle project to accommodate construction projects in the area. One project by Seattle City Light will result in better connections between the university and the city's power grid. Another project by the University of Washington will improve connections at the Rainier Vista and Montlake Triangle.
This detour will close portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail at the Rainier Vista, and from 15th Avenue Northeast to Brooklyn Avenue Northeast. A stretch in-between these two projects will have local access only until construction begins there in mid-summer, when the university closes this longer stretch in order to make significant improvements to the trail. We anticipate that this detour will remain in place through the fall and likely into the winter months. As construction moves forward, we’ll keep you updated on project progress and timeline.