Due to Montlake Triangle Project construction, pedestrians and cyclists who use the Burke-Gilman Trail segment through the eastern part of the University of Washington campus will experience a modification to their travel. The scheduled start date for this change is Monday, February 2. The current switchback through the small parking lot (C12) near the Montlake Triangle construction area will close, and trail traffic will be directed to use the detours outlined below. However, the staircase at that location connecting the trail to NE Mason Road and NE Pacific Place/Montlake Boulevard NE will remain open for pedestrians and those who choose to carry their bikes.
Bicycling: Green detour signs and green sharrow road markings will direct bikes along Mason Road NE parallel to the trail. A connection between the trail and Mason Road NE is now available via a paved pathway south of NE Whatcom Lane, across from the Padelford Parking Garage. People on bikes can access the Snohomish Overpass (Hec Ed Bridge) via the ramp south of Snohomish Lane. Please use slow speeds on this ramp and stop and yield to pedestrians and other trail traffic before crossing the trail.
Walking: Blue detour signs will direct pedestrians along the trail between NE Whatcom Lane and the construction area at the Montlake Triangle, connecting the trail to NE Mason Road via the staircase adjacent to C12 and Wilcox Hall. For rolling access, use the ramp south of Snohomish Lane.
This C12 detour segment closure is scheduled to begin Monday, February 2 and continue through mid-June, until work on the Rainier Vista is completed. Then, trail traffic will be able to travel along the trail to the newly renovated Rainier Vista and connect with the Burke-Gilman Trail detour segment on Stevens Way NE.
As we prepare for this new phase of trail detours, please expect to see additional trail detour signage installed, green bike sharrows painted on Mason Road NE, and lane dividers painted on the path connecting Mason Road NE and the Trail south of NE Whatcom Lane to assist with merging and exiting the trail. We’ll also be updating our trail maps to show the new routes once they are brought into service. As a reminder, detour route maps can be found on our website.