Update: Alert for bicyclists – Duwamish Trail work under way

ORIGINAL 9:55 PM REPORT: Dave shared this tonight in hopes of helping fellow bicycle commuters:

I wanted to pass on some construction I unexpectedly encountered today. I bike to work from the Junction to Boeing Field via West Marginal Way. Today I encountered an SDOT crew on the bike path just south of the longhouse. On return this afternoon, I found that they had the bike path ground down to bare gravel, sand, dirt, and mud (thanks afternoon snow/rain storm). The stretch from from the long house headed southbound to where the path recrosses the railroad tracks just north of LaFarge is ground down and in this condition. Just wanted to pass on this information as that surface is very treacherous now, especially for road bikes. All of the equipment is there, so it may be paved by the end of the day tomorrow.

We’ll check with SDOT in the morning – hadn’t heard about this previously.

ADDED 9:31 AM WEDNESDAY: SDOT says the work will continue throughout the week. Read on for their news release:

Repairs are underway on the Duwamish Trail in West Seattle. The asphalt trail has been heavily damaged in places by tree roots and needs to be repaired for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. SDOT crews are grinding off the old asphalt, trimming trees, cutting roots, and placing new asphalt this week, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The crews are assisting pedestrians and bicyclists around the work area. Due to weather conditions, the trail is muddy in the work area. Bicyclists may need to dismount and walk their bikes in places.

Funding for this project is provided by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative approved by Seattle voters.

The Duwamish Trail stretches from the lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge to South Park, following West Marginal Way SW on the west side the Duwamish River. The scenic views of the river from the trail are juxtaposed with the surrounding industrial area. The trail connects with the Alki Trail on the north and, after a route on streets, connects with the Green River Trail to the south.

And as a followup to that advisory, we have a little more info from SDOT’s Marybeth Turner: “Weather conditions may extend the work a day or two. The crew is working to keep the trail passable during construction, although cyclists will likely need to dismount in places. They would like to avoid a detour to West Marginal Way SW where traffic is heavy at times.”

4 Replies to "Update: Alert for bicyclists - Duwamish Trail work under way"

  • sbre March 14, 2012 (5:07 am)

    Another cyclist discovered this yesterday evening just a minute before I did, he and his skinny-tired bike were not having fun trying to negotiate those rough and sloppy patches, glad I roll on fatter ‘can take it all’ rubber, it was fun just breezing right by him!

    Be careful my brothers and sisters.

  • geronimo March 14, 2012 (8:05 am)

    I rode the trail on Sunday and there was paint on the pavement but no sign of construction – so pretty quick progress. Any idea when they are going to extend it to connect with the Alki trail? (Last time I looked at the city website it still said 2005!)

  • nick March 14, 2012 (10:46 am)

    unrelated topic, but does anyone know if when and if the green river trail in tukwilla through kent will get those flood barriers removed and opened back up to cycists?

  • timh2o March 14, 2012 (1:56 pm)

    Nick, I asked the City of Kent City Engineer a few weeks ago and he told me that it’s in the hands of King County now for the removel, but thought this spring they would be removed. Kent installed them but the responsiblty was taken over by KC. But saying that I saw a KC crew doing repairs on them a few weeks ago…I’d try contacting KC with the question. I commuted on the river trail in Kent from WS for 20 years and switched over to the Interurban trail after the install of the supersacks. I’d like em gone too!

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