We’ve always enjoyed the rich, swampy smell of the Burke-Gilman trail as it wends under the 45th St Viaduct (the bridge that leads from U-District down to University Village) and alongside the hill leading up to the U-District. It feels like the bike path has taken a brief detour through the Pleistocene, engendering Sound of Thunder-esque daydreams.
Chris MacKenzie, Wallingford Community Council rep to the City, University, Community Advisory Committee reports that changes may be afoot in that region:
The 45th Street viaduct, originally built in 1938, has reached the end of its structural life and is going to be replaced this summer. The bad news: Eastbound drivers won’t be able to use 45th to access U Village for a few months beginning late spring. SDOT is suggesting 65th Street to 25th Ave as an alternate route. The good news: better bus service to Magnuson Park, Children’s Hospital & other destinations in that direction will be possible when the new structure is complete and the area under the viaduct along the trail will no longer be as much of a safety hazard. Details at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/45th-bridge.htm.
Good news, bad news, just don’t mess with my Pleistocene adventures.