Burke-Gilman Trail Now Open in City Light Project Area

Seattle City Light has completed the majority of its electrical infrastructure construction activity along the Burke-Gilman Trail through the University of Washington’s west campus.
Photo of new asphalt on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Fresh asphalt is in place after City Light’s work along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Seattle City Light has completed the majority of its electrical infrastructure construction activity along the Burke-Gilman Trail through the University of Washington’s west campus. 

Detour fencing, used to protect trail users during the project, has been removed from the area. Trail users may now travel on the trail without detouring west of the UW’s Montlake Triangle/Rainier Vista area. The attached photo looks west toward the I-5 Bridge and shows fresh asphalt used to restore the Trail after construction.

City Light has been working since April 2014 on the project to upgrade the electrical reliability and capacity of the system feeding the University of Washington. The project has required intermittent detours of the Burke-Gilman Trail while underground duct banks, conduit, and vaults were installed between City Light’s substation near I-5 and the UW’s substation near 15th Ave NE. The detours have been coordinated with the UW’s own trail improvements. More information on those can be found at: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/tip/detours/bgt

City Light appreciates customers’ patience leading up to this important milestone. The infrastructure improvement reflects City Light’s strategic plan adopted in 2012. At a later date, new electrical cable will be pulled through the conduit to complete the project. More information can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/release.asp?RN=311

About Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.