On Saturday March 7th at 10 a.m. the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting a completion celebration and an inaugural bike ride on the West Duwamish Trail - an extension of the Duwamish Trail through an industrial sector of South Park. Everyone is welcome to join us for a hot beverage, good cheer, astute observations and a bit of exercise at 8th Avenue South and South Portland Street in South Park.
The recently completed project provides a route for people walking or biking from the intersection of S Holden Street and 2nd Avenue S (the former terminus of the Duwamish Trail) to 8th Avenue S and S Kenyon Street. It also provides the adjoining industrial neighbors a newly paved street with a drainage system where – in some segments – neither had existed previously. This combination of trail, roadway and drainage improvements resulted from the collaboration of the Seattle Parks & Greenspace Levy, Seattle Public Utilities and SDOT’s Street Maintenance Division. We are excited to share a host of photos throughout the project’s construction on SDOT’s Flickr at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdot_photos/sets/72157651136586472#.
The celebration begins at 10 a.m. and will feature remarks by Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and SDOT Director Scott Kubly, among others. At 10:45 a.m. we’ll cut the proverbial ribbon and Cascade Bicycle Club will lead a ride both to explore the newly constructed trail and tour the street grid to the south and east where a future link to the King County Green River Trail will ultimately be built.
Even if you can’t make it to our little celebration, treat yourself to a ride along the Duwamish Trail and through South Park – a great example of a regional trail facility in an urban area.
More information about the project is also available on our webpage: www.seattle.gov/transportation/WestDuamishTrail.htm