Ship Canal Trail, Phase II
November 10, 2011
Brief Project Description
Construction crews complete Phase II, Contract 1
This project is the long-awaited extension of the Ship Canal Trail, which eliminates a critical gap in Seattle's Urban Trails System. Phase II of the project covers about 3/4 of a mile along the south side of the Ship Canal, beginning at 6th Ave W (where Phase 1 ends) and terminating near Fisherman's Terminal where the trail will join the Emerson Street bike path. Once completed, the Ship Canal Trail will make it possible to bicycle from Redmond to downtown Seattle almost entirely on dedicated bicycle facilities.
Phase II of the project was split into two construction contracts. Contract 1 was completed in the spring of 2010. This contract extended the trail from 6th Avenue West to 11th Avenue West. Contract 2 will extend the trail from 11th Avenue West to Emerson Street near Fisherman's Terminal.
A number of improvements had to be made before Contract 2 construction could begin. Existing mainline tracks were removed this spring by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in preparation for critical utility relocation. Relocation of that main water line had to be scheduled around the adjacent property owner's business needs. Once the utility was relocated, the mainline tracks; railroad crossings; and a railroad signal had to be reinstalled by BNSF - work that is expected to wrap up by Mid-August 2011. Following a couple other small hurdles, the last segment of the Ship Canal Trail will then be installed; this is expected to begin in September 2011 and be complete by the end of the year.
For more information about the project, please contact:
LeAnne Nelson, Project Information Officer
Sue Byers, Project Manager