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Subject:   SHIP CANAL CROSSING PROJECT UPDATE
For Immediate Release:   
6/22/2009  3:53:00 PM
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CITY LIGHT WORK WILL CLOSE BURKE GILMAN TRAIL

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light has been able to move up its work to replace a 200-foot steel lattice tower on the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. During the work, the Burke Gilman Trail must be closed intermittently for safety reasons while workers are on the tower.

The closures will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 8, and should be completed by Friday, July 17. Work will not be done on weekends and the trail will be open and unaffected during non-working times.

The trail will be closed between Fremont Ave. N. and Phinney Ave. N.

For westbound pedestrians and bicyclists, it will be easiest to avoid the closed area by using N. 34th St. from Stone Way N.

City Light began this four to five-month project earlier this month to replace old wooden power poles with stronger steel ones on both sides of the Ship Canal and to upgrade the high voltage power lines that cross over it between two 200-foot towers. The trail was closed for several days to move overhead wires and do preparatory work on the towers. The final closing of the trail for this project will occur in August, but it will be shortened significantly by the work beginning July 8.

For more information, contact Mike Eagan, City Light Communications & Public Affairs at (206) 615-1691 or mike.eagan@seattle.gov.



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