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About the Burke-Gilman Trail
11th Ave NW to Ballard Locks
UW Burke-Gilman Trail Project

Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Projects

Ballard Locks to NW 60th Street (.7 miles)

Updated May 11, 2006

Map of Project Area | Construction Impacts | Access to Businesses | Aerial Map of Trail Alignment | Construction Updates

This phase of the Burke-Gilman Trail extension will begin at the entrance to the Ballard locks and follow the south shoulder of 54th St NW to 32nd Ave NW. Starting at 32nd Ave NW, the curb will be moved 6 feet into the roadway to create additional room for the trail. 54th St NW becomes Seaview Ave NW. The trail continues along the west side of Seaview Ave NW until reaching the intersection of Seaview Ave NW, 37th PL NW, and 38th Ave NW.

Estimated Cost
General Fund - $1,822,870
Seattle Public Utilities-Drainage - $246,000
Seattle Public Utilities-Water - $237,000
Seattle City Light - $106,689
ISTEA/TEA21 Grant - $1,049,526
Total - $3,462,085

Estimated Schedule Archeological Review - May 2004
Contract Advertise - June 2004
Construction Start - August 2004
Construction Finish - Spring 2005
(160 working days)

Construction Impacts

As with any large construction project, there will be unavoidable impacts during construction that include parking and traffic restrictions, construction related traffic, noise, and dust. The City will work to minimize these inconveniences.

Access to Businesses

Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout construction. If, for any reason, access to any businesses or residences needs to be interrupted during construction, the City will notify and work with the affected parties to minimize the impacts.

Follow the below links for more detailed information about each segment.

For more information, contact:

Stuart Goldsmith, Project Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation, (206) 615-0860, or by Internet e-mail, stuart.goldsmith@seattle.gov.

Construction Updates
July 7, 2005

We expect to finish installing the irrigation system this week. We have now completed 50 percent of the landscaping work so we are still on schedule.

We will celebrate the completion of this section of the Burke-Gilman Trail on Monday, July 25th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the trail at NW 54th St and 32nd Ave NW. Look for the white tent. We hope to see you there! Watch for more details on the event in the coming weeks.

June 29, 2005

We expect to finish installing the irrigation system next Wednesday, July 6th. The landscaping crews are staying on schedule; they have completed roughly 20 percent of the planting.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us on Monday, July 25th, at 6:30 p.m. when we will celebrate the completion of this newest section of the Burke-Gilman Trail! Watch for more details on the event in the coming weeks.

June 23, 2005

Only One Month Left to Go!

We are completing the last of the paving work this week. We will finish laying the irrigation system by the end of next week, weather permitting. The landscaping crews are beginning their planting work which will take approximately four weeks to complete.

We very much appreciate all your patience and cooperation throughout the project.

June 10, 2005

We are still on track to finish the project on time.

This week we are putting the finishing touches on the major construction phase - painting the lane stripes, posting the last of the trail signs, and doing the final concrete work on Seaview Ave NW at NW 60th Street and by the railroad trestle.

We should finish laying the irrigation system by late June. The landscapin g crews will then begin their work which should be completed by mid-July, weather permitting.

We very much appreciate all your patience and cooperation throughout the project.

May 24, 2005

We are concluding the major construction portion of the project. We have nearly completed paving the trail and by the end of this week we will finish pouring the concrete curb and gutter. Upon completion of that work, the heavy equipment will be removed from the worksite. In the about two weeks we should have all the signage installed.

We will finish laying the irrigation system by mid June at which time the landscaping crews will then move into begin their work. That work will take about a month. Weather permitting, the project will be done by mid July.

We very much appreciate all your patience and cooperation throughout the project.

May 12, 2005

Burke-Gilman Trail - Locks to NW 60th Construction Update

We are wrapping up most of the major construction tasks. This past week we completed paving the sidewalk from the railroad trestle up to NW 60th Street, leveling the trail, and mulching the soil in preparation for the future landscaping.

This week into early next week we should finish paving most of the trail. We will then have about two weeks of work laying the irrigation system for the landscaping.

April 27, 2005
Burke-Gilman Trail - Locks to NW 60th Construction Update

We're moving right along as planned.

This week into early next week (the week of May 2nd), we are completing the work on the sidewalk from the railroad trestle up to NW 60th Street. Weather permitting, mid to late next week we will pave the trail!

The following week of May 9th we anticipate laying the irrigation system for the landscaping that will follow.

April 13, 2005
Burke-Gilman Trail * Locks to NW 60th Street Construction Update

We're still progressing on schedule. This past week we finished paving the south parking lot of the Chittenden Locks; finalized installation of the new light poles between 32nd Ave NW and the railroad trestle; and wrapped up construction of the traffic barrier in the curve of Seaview Ave NW.

This week into next week, we are completing the work on the south parking lot, putting in the planting soil, and grading the trail and sidewalk from the railroad trestle to NW 60th Street. Weather permitting, we will pave the trail by the Canal Restaurant and in between the railroad rails at NW 60th.

April 7, 2005:
Burke-Gilman Trail - Locks to 60th Construction Update

We’re moving along right on schedule!

This past week we finished pouring the traffic barriers in the curve of Seaview Ave NW; prepared and paved the south parking lot at the Chittenden Locks; and excavated the trail from the Canal Restaurant up to the railroad trestle. Today and tomorrow, weather permitting, we'll also stripe off the Locks' south parking lot and complete the installation of the sidewalk and lights by the Canal Restaurant.

Next week we will excavate the trail from the railroad trestle to just south of the NW 60th Avenue intersection.

April 1, 2005
We're reaching milestones in the work schedule......

The trail work is progressing nicely. The drainage and water main installation has been finished. The block wall separating the trail and the railroad track has also been completed. The new sidewalk has been poured from the Canal restaurant up to the trestle, however, it will remain closed to pedestrians for safety reasons. We are finishing pouring the traffic barrier where Seaview Ave NW curves. We have installed new street lights fom 32nd Ave NW up to just south of the railroad trestle.

On Monday, April 4th, we wil pave from the Lockspot Cafe (near Market & NW 54 St) to 32nd Ave NW In addition, we will be paving at the railroad tracks and in the two traffic islands at the intersection of NW 60th St and Seaview Ave NW (both of which will later be stamped with a pattern). During this paving work there will be no detour, but we will need to continue to alternate traffic in one lane. We are also preparing to pave the parking lot at the Chittenden Lock. While this work is being done, parking will be maintained at the back side of the lot.

Thank you for your patience during this construction project!

March 24, 2005:
Construction of the Burke-Gilman Trail remains on schedule. This past week, we finished installing the new water main on the access road adjacent to the trail as well as the block wall on the south/west side of the trail. We also poured the sidewalk at NW 54th intersection and from 32nd Avenue NW St to the Canal Restaurant.

This week we are pouring the concrete curb islands at NW 60th Street and Seaview Avenue NW as well as the sidewalk from the Canal Restaurant to the railroad trestle. We are also installing new street lights from 32nd Avenue NW to the railroad trestle.

The sidewalk in the work zone will remain closed to pedestrians for safety reasons. To accommodate the on-going trail work, there will be periodic lane restrictions with traffic alternating on one lane of Seaview Avenue NW between the Locks and NW 60th Street.

March 8, 2005
We have finished the drainage and paving work at Seaview and NW 60th and up the hill from Seaview on 38th NW to NW 61st; the road has reopened to traffic up and down the hill.

This week:
We are finishing up the resurfacing of Seaview from the railroad trestle to NW 60th and up the hill from Seaview on 37th Place NW to NW 57th. If you need to go up the hill on 37th Place NW you will have to angle to the left going up NW 61st and then turn right at the top of the hill. From next week forward 37th Place NW will be reopened to traffic and there should only be intermittent lane closures on Seaview.

While we will continue work on the parking lot at the Locks , we are also installing the new water main on the access road west of the trail; SDOT's work will be finished by the end of next week, March 18th, weather permitting. This work should impact only motorists on the access road and only through the 18th.

(The water service transfer work to the adjacent properties will be conducted by SPU in the following weeks and will not affect motorists.)

February 22, 2005: Starting tomorrow, February 23, the construction company will be alternating traffic on Seaview Ave NW between the Canal Restaurant and NW 60th when they begin setting in the blocks for the block wall on the south/west side of the roadway. Flaggers will be directing traffic. The interruption in the flow of the traffic should be minimal and intermittent, however, this work will probably continue for the next two weeks, weather permitting.

February 11, 2005: Update for Construction Detour for Burke Gilman Trail Work
Due to material procurement delays, the end date of this detour has been revised from Wednesday, February 16th, to Monday, February 21st, weather permitting. Please refer to the original detour notice, below, for information about traffic revisions that are already in place. We regret any inconvenience these additional days may cause and appreciate your continued patience with the trail's construction.

February 10, 2005: Construction Detour for Burke Gilman Trail Work
Equipment difficulties have forced a rather abrupt revision in the anticipated work schedule on the Burke Gilman Trail project between the locks and NW 60th. In order to not lose construction time, the crews are currently working on the west end of NW 61st St where it merges down to Seaview Avenue NW. As a result, the down hill or south/westbound lanes of NW 61st St are blocked to traffic in that direction and the road closed at the top of the hill at approximately 37th Ave NW. Motorists can, however, drive northeast/up the hill from Seaview Ave NW past that work zone. During the work, which should be finished by Wednesday, February 16th, weather permitting, traffic is being directed to go south to NW Market St /NW 54th/ Seaview Ave NW and north to NW 85/ Golden Gardens Drive NW via the nearest arterial which is 32nd Avenue NW.

Burke-Gilman Trail Locks to NW 60th Construction Update (PDF format)

Burke-Gilman Trail Locks To NW 60th Construction Beginning Soon (PDF format)

December 7, 2004
Yesterday, December 6th, Mid Mountain Construction started sawcutting the existing south curb of Seaview Ave NW/NW 54th Street beginning at NW 60th and heading east. The sawcutting should be completed this week. Today, December 7th, crews will begin digging at the intersection of NW 60th Street and Seaview Ave NW in preparation for the drainage improvements at that location. Weather permitting, the lanes stripes will also be repainted to realign traffic on 54th/Seaview from the Chittenden Locks to NW 60th Street.

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