Summer time is the best time for road and highway repairs, and I guess that’s true for bike trails as well.
Work is currently underway on the Burke-Gilman, Green River, East Lake Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley bike trails.
For starters, Seattle’s Department of Transportation announced that a contractor would be working on the Burke-Gilman Trail this week. Although the trail will not be closed, they’re urging bicyclists to use extreme caution in the area of the work.
The contractor will be grinding and patching areas of the trail between NE 145th Street and the Ballard locks. That’s pretty much the entire length of the trail in Seattle, so bike riders will have to keep their eyes open.
The work runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.King County Parks announced yesterday that the Snoqualmie Valley Trail closure begins this week, which is odd since it was closed when I first stumbled upon the work during the last week of May.
A northern section of trail is closed for riverbank stabilization on the Snoqualmie River. It’s closed from approximately 1½ miles south of Northeast 124th Street to two miles north of the Stillwater Natural Area.
As no detours are offered (or even suggested considering the heavy traffic on nearby State Route 203), the closure essentially cuts off-road access between Duvall and Carnation for the entire summer and most of the fall. (Apparently the trail has reopened in the evenings, but the county says complete closure of the trail goes into effect this week.)
Read more about the riverbank stabilization project.
Work on river banks is also prompting closures along the Green River Trail in Kent this summer.
The trail runs along the top of the levee that protects Kent, Tukwilla and other communities from flooding. Contractors use the trail to access jobs along the levee.
The Green River Trail will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday south of South 180th Street at the end of Sperry Drive. The trail will be closed while heavy equipment operates along the trail.
More information on this summer’s Green River Trail closures is available online.
The segment between SR-181 and the trail bridge south of South 180th will be closed by the City of Kent and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for most of the summer. More details here.
Lastly, contractors should be wrapping up work on the East Lake Sammamish Trail as they finish landscaping and install fences along a 2-mile stretch.
That closure, 13 months long, runs from approximately from NE 8th Street to Sammamish Landing Park. See more details at the project update.