Temporary partial closure of Burke-Gilman Trail begins Monday, August 17

Revised August 25: This project has entered Phase 2, but equipment repair will postpone completion by approximately a week. We hope to start up again on September 1. Please read the original post below for details. The slope mowing will continue along the Burke-Gilman Trail moving northbound. It will pass through these intersections:

  • Lakeside Pl NE
  • NE 103rd
  • NE 100th
  • NE 97th
  • NE 95th
  • Sandpoint Way NE
  • NE 93rd
  • NE 92nd
  • Inverness Dr NE
  • NE 77th
  • NE 75th
  • NE 70th
  • NE 65th
  • NE 60th
  • Princeton Ave NE
  • 40th Ave NE

Flaggers will be at each intersection as the machine moves forward.


Starting Monday, August 17, 2020, Seattle Parks and Recreation maintenance crews will begin Phase 1 of a two-phase slope mowing project with heavy machinery that requires partial closure of the Burke-Gilman trail. The closure will be in effect each day from 7am to 1:30pm between 145th St. NE and 125th Ave NE. At the end of each day’s work, signs and barricades will be removed so users can proceed normally. As the mowing proceeds, completed sections with re-open to trail users. Phase 1 is expected to take about one week to complete.

For trail users heading south or northbound: Depending on mowing progress, the trail’s intersection with 42nd Pl NE may have barricades and signage directing trail users to turn onto this street and continue up the hill. The detour then connects with 42nd Ave NE, which connects with NE 125th. From there, users can go east for a few blocks and intersect with the Burke-Gilman trail again. (See map below for outline of detour.)

The stairs at NE 130th  St. that intersect with the Burke-Gilman trail will remain open, but barricades will close off access to the trail north and south of this location.  Signage will also be posted along Riviera Pl NE, which parallels part of the Burke-Gilman, to prevent accessing the trail except at 130th NE.

Details for Phase 2 will be added here once crews have confirmed the completion of the first phase.

map showing the trail and where users should detour off