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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Work begins on Ship Canal Trail

2/1/2010  2:15:00 PM

Work begins on Ship Canal Trail

SEATTLE — The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced that construction of the south Ship Canal Trail will begin today, Feb. 1, to extend the multi-use trail along the south side of the Ship Canal from 6 th Avenue West to 11 th Avenue West.  This project, part of the transportation improvement levy Bridging the Gap, includes:  paving the trail, clearing, removing railroad ties and rails, installing several low retaining walls, and installing chain link fence and wheel stops.

Construction work on the project is not expected to have significant impact on the travelling public. Depending on weather conditions the work should be completed by the middle of March.  Once the entire Ship Canal Trail is completed, tentatively scheduled for late this year, a critical gap in Seattle’s urban trail system will be eliminated and it will be possible to bicycle from Redmond to downtown Seattle almost entirely on dedicated bicycle facilities.

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Thanks to Bridging the Gap, SDOT has completed new trail segments along the Duwamish Trail, the Chief Sealth Trail, the South Park Connector, the Detroit Street Connector, the Bradford Street Connector, the Magnuson Park Spur, and the Burke Gilman Trail was extended from 60 th NW to Golden Gardens.  More than 5.22 miles of new trail has been constructed through Bridging the Gap.

Bridging the Gap is the $365 million levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. It enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree planting. The levy also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects.

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