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Interbay Trail Connections Project

Last Updated: November 29, 2016

Project Update: Outreach on design of this project is coming to a close after working with residents since summer. Through that conversation, weve been able to maintain on-street parking in front of many of the homes on W Government Way and are continuing to work directly with residents who have questions about parking.

Our current schedule calls for construction of the protected bike lanes in mid-2017. Please note that construction schedules are subject to change and weather-related delays. Well be reaching out directly to residents before construction begins.

Seattle multi-use trails link neighborhoods to business districts and create connections with recreational and natural areas within the Puget Sound region. Multi-use trails contribute to SDOT’s mission is to deliver a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation system that enhances Seattle's environment and economic vitality.


We're working on a transportation safety and mobility project in the Interbay and Magnolia communities to better connect major trails. We're proposing a family-friendly connection for people traveling between the Ship Canal Trail, Elliot Bay Trail, and the Ballard Locks, which will help people to reach Westlake, downtown, and the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Our concept for this project includes redesigning 20th Ave W, Gilman Ave W, and W Emerson Pl to include protected bike lanes and more intuitive and comfortable intersections that keep people moving.



Creating protected bike lanes on the route between the Ship Canal Trail and the Elliot Bay trail via Gilman Ave W and W Emerson Pl is called out in the city's Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) as a catalyst project. Extensive public outreach and engagement guided the plan's development.
When we drafted our latest BMP implementation plan, this project was given a high priority because it completes a large segment of the all ages and abilities active transportation network we're building across the city. It also leverages the investments we already have by connecting more people to existing trails.

Other SDOT projects in the area
Nickerson Paving Project We're planning to repave Nickerson/W Nickerson St between Etruria St and 15th Ave W in 2017. The project is approaching the 90% design milestone and we expect to finalize design in early 2017. We expect construction will begin in spring/summer 2017 and take about 6 months to complete, weather permitting. Visit the Nickerson Paving Project webpage to learn more or contact Rachel McCaffrey with questions: or (206) 615-0925.



Approved by voters in 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. Learn more at


Weve been engaging with people who live, work, and travel through Interbay and Magnolia since summer to learn how these streets are used today and any issues we may not be aware of.

By talking with community members and gathering feedback, we hope to develop a project that addresses community members safety concerns, and gets us closer to meeting our mobility plans for Seattle.

If you have questions or comments, please call or write Dan Anderson at the contact information below. Thank you.


Dan Anderson
Sr. Communications Outreach Specialist
(206) 684-8105


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