A better connection from Queen Anne to the waterfront

I can hear the groans out there when you read the words "construction"  and "detour." But the West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass is a pretty cool project that will end up being great for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass will:
  • Provide a dedicated structure for pedestrians and bicyclists traveling to Myrtle Edwards Park.
  • Connect communities on the east side of the BNSF railroad tracks to Myrtle Edwards Park.
  • Help make walking and biking easier and more pleasant ways to get around Seattle.
  • Connect the Myrtle Edwards Park bicycle trail to the Lake to Bay Loop, a future bicycle route linking the waterfront with South Lake Union and Seattle Center.

Ultimately, the bridge will help make bicycling safer, which is something I know we all want.

Now what you have all been waiting for, construction details!

Per the Seattle Department of Transportation:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) started construction in Myrtle Edwards Park on the West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass Project the week of August 29.

Bicycle access through Myrtle Edwards Park will be maintained during construction, with the following changes:

  • The existing paved pathway will be designated for bicyclists and wheelchair users
  • A temporary unpaved path will be created adjacent to the paved bike trail for pedestrian.
  • Additional temporary and/or partial closures of sections of the trail may also occur.
  • There will be pinch points along the trail - please use caution.
  • Expect noise and vibration during certain construction activities and large equipment in the area during construction.

Bicyclists riding on Elliott Avenue West may experience temporary lane closures on Elliott Avenue West in the vicinity of West Thomas Street outside the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

SDOT will update its website and send email alerts to help bicyclists and pedestrians prepare for construction impacts, detours and keep up to date on the project’s progress. For more information or to sign up for email alerts contact Maribel Cruz at 206-684-7963 or Maribel.Cruz@seattle.gov.

When construction is completed in spring 2012, the overpass will provide a direct connection for pedestrians and bicyclists traveling between lower Queen Anne and Myrtle Edwards Park.