Burke-Gilman Trail update

Last week’s snow and ice made things difficult for lots of people in King County – including the crew that has been putting the finishing touches on the major reconstruction of the County’s Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park.

The good news: We’re done with the paving, retaining walls, drainage, fencing and signage along this 2.2-mile-long stretch of the BGT.

The bad news: The contractor lost the entire work week because of inclement weather, and this pushes the trail reopening back from what we had hoped would be the end of January into early February.

Work that remains includes installing concrete for the plaza on the southern side of the intersection at Northeast 170th Street.

We’ll keep you updated on the new reopening date and check here for the latest construction updates. We appreciate everyone’s patience!

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    First off – Thanks to all folks concerned in the design and construction of the trail redevelopment.

    Looks to me like the trail can reopen now. Folks can work around the last thing that needs to be done at the 170th intersection (Beach Drive).

    Thanks.

  2. Mark says:

    Well, from the looks of it, I think it will be worth the wait…

  3. Mike says:

    Does anyone have any idea if there are plans to rebuild/repave the section of the trail between 145th and Matthews Beach? I rode over the newly paved section today and it’s terrific (although after 7.5 months and $4.9M, it better be!). It’s a VERY abrupt transition from the new trail to the old, which is in terrible shape. Same goes for the short stretch north of the newly paved section in Kenmore, between Log Boom Park and the new section (~200 meters). Why this short stretch, littered with root bumps and pot holes wasn’t included in the original plans is beyond me. Either way, it’ll be a nice, smooth 7-8 minute bike ride over the newly paved section as soon as it’s open. All of that work for 8 minutes of smooth riding…sigh.

  4. drcaligari says:

    Chance of KC actually opening BGT in March? How many delays is this already?

  5. Greg says:

    Does early February mean sometime before Feb. 15? Will the trail remained closed until there is an grand re-opening event?

    1. parksmonkey says:

      The trail should be open in the next two weeks. That said, we are still dependent on weather conditions.

      At the moment we have no firm plans for a ceremony, but please stay tuned. Thanks for checking in Greg.

      1. Mike says:

        Thanks for your follow up. It seems like everything is done besides the intersection at 170th. Why not open up the rest of the trail and divert the short section between 170th and 165th through Sheridan Beach, which many walkers and bikers are already doing?

      2. Greg says:

        Not that I want a ceremony. I just hope you don’t hold up the opening until after a ceremony. ASAP is good!

  6. Jeanne says:

    Check out the new update. Tentative trail reopening – Feb. 10.
    http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/capitalImprovements/parkscip/projects/burkegilmantrail.aspx

  7. Richard says:

    Yay! We rode through on the tandem this afternoon. Only had to get off the bike a few times.

  8. josh says:

    BGT Bikers stay out of the Sheridan Beach neighborhood! and stop parking your cars in our neighborhood!

    1. Frank C. says:

      I personally don’t park in Sheridan Beach, but: people who don’t live in MY neighborhood park there temporarily for all kinds of reasons… football games, bars, movies… and I don’t complain about it on blogs. You’re talking about public daytime parking, and people riding bicycles on public streets, right? If so, why is it that you feel you “own” the parking and streets in Sheridan Beach?

  9. jackie d. says:

    Any updates for trail opening on Feb 10th? Is it looking hopeful?

    1. parksmonkey says:

      Still shooting for the 10th. As long as there is no more inclement weather, equipment breakdowns or MEGA-CROCS.

  10. jackie d. says:

    Sounds good. Thanks. If a Mega-croc comes up from the lake, just puts some cones around it 😉 They only eat once a day, so I’ll take my chances.

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