New West Duwamish Trail Opens

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle Parks and Recreation, Bike Works, Cascade Bicycle Club, and South Park Neighborhood Association hosted a completion celebration and an inaugural bike ride on the West Duwamish Trail this past weekend.  SDOT Deputy Director Barbara Gray, SPU Director Ray Hoffman, Seattle Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Director Michael Shiosaki, and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen welcomed community partners and attendees at 8th Avenue South and South Portland Street ribbon cutting ceremony in South Park.

SPU Director Ray Hoffman, attendee, Dagmar Cronn, SDOT Deputy Director Barbara Gray, Seattle Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Director Michael Shiosaki.

SPU Director Ray Hoffman, attendee, Dagmar Cronn, SDOT Deputy Director Barbara Gray, Seattle Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Director Michael Shiosaki.

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.

The celebration began with remarks by Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and SDOT Deputy Director Barbara Gray. The Cascade Bicycle Club led 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.

Councilmember Rassmussen cutting the ribbon.

Councilmember Rassmussen cutting the ribbon.

Riders at the West Duwamish Trail celebration.

Riders at the West Duwamish Trail celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information about the project is also available on our webpage: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/westduwamishtrail.htm