The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is closed at a bridge south of Carnation until March 2021. Here are two suggested detours. The shorter one requires riding on WA-203 for about a mile, which may not be a pleasant experience. The longer detour takes River Rd and other mostly quiet roads to Fall City, and packs all the trail’s climbing into the last mile!
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Replacement of the Bothell Landing pedestrian bridge will begin soon. The project is projected to finish in August of 2020. A portion of the Sammamish River Trail will be closed. A number of permanents will be affected, as well as commuters. Fortunately there is an easy detour.
Routes known to be affected: 341, 401, 1321, 1704, 1851, 3788
Thanks to Tom Brett for bringing this to the Permanent team’s attention.
The Interurban Trail in Kent will be closed until late 2020 between a detour point south of S 212th St to James St. Theo Roffe has investigated the signed detour on 68th Ave S and does not recommend it. He recommends going one block farther west to 64th Ave S. This detour adds about 2 km to a 2 km long section of the trail.
According to the City of Kent, “There are times when the roadway at the trail crossing will not be affected by the construction for several weeks or months. During those periods of time, the trail will be open“.
At least six of our Permanents are affected: #751, 978, 1076, 1132, 3066, 3592. As noted, detouring does not add much distance so no one should feel discouraged from riding these routes.
Normally this notice would be titled “High Impact Closure,” but few people voluntarily ride the North Interurban and we only have two affected routes. Nevertheless, a some riders have been caught out by ongoing construction closures so here is some detour advice. Because there are no good all-hours options for the Maple & Ash Way detour, it is recommended to ride these detours only in the early morning if at all possible.
Affected routes: 1078, 1317
Maple & Ash Way
As of the date of writing, there are two closures. The longest-lasting is at Maple & Ash Way. The project webpage unhelpfully informs that the project will last “two construction seasons.” The closure will likely stretch into 2020. The recommended detour is taken from the 2018 Spring 400. This is likely to have light traffic only early on weekend mornings.
A shorter detour is possible by turning east on 164th St SW. You have to climb a multi-lane road busy with freeway-bound traffic.
52nd Ave W to 44th Ave W
This closure is supposed to last only through February 2019. It is possible to bypass the closure by riding north on 52nd W (which has a bike lane), east through Scriber Creek Park, and continuing east through the Lynnwood Transit Center to rejoin the trail at 44th Ave W. You have to climb a short stairway between the trail and transit center. About half the trail is a graveled path which has some boggy spots.
Maxwell Rd will be closed for a culvert replacement from Aug 22 through Sept 5. Fortunately the detour should leave no one testy: continue on Cedar Grove Rd and turn left on the Maple Valley Trail.
Affected routes include:
0341 Leschi – North Bend – Leschi
0606 Redmond – North Bend – Leschi-Redmond
1234 WAYNES CHOICE
1315 Factoria-Maple Valley-Redmond
1801 Club Car Populaire Permanent
2013 Winter Solstice
2293 Testy Bumps
2297 Lakemont Testy and Bumpy
2525 Uncommonly Testy 100K
2575 Uncommonly Testy-Factoria Start
2795 Leschi-Hobart-Redmond Loop
3159 Kirkland Testy
During August 6-20 the road and “likely” the trail will be closed for a culvert replacement. The closure extends from Louis Thompson Rd NE at the north to 212th Way SE at the south.
There will be a signed detour on Louis Thompson Rd, 212th Ave, and 212th Way. However, judging from Street View images, this will be an unpleasant and dangerous bicycle route. Louis Thompson Rd and 212th Way climb steeply with narrow or no shoulders.
A safer bicycle detour should be NE Inglewood Hill Rd, 228 Ave NE, and SE 43rd Way. This route has adequate shoulders or bicycle lanes the whole way. This detour has about 660 ft of climbing vs 170 ft on the road. The detour adds about 5 km vs the road.
Affected routes (not guaranteed comprehensive, courtesy of Yogy Namara):52, 359, 401, 531, 541, 605, 757, 758, 838, 1004, 1005, 1305, 1315, 1321, 1322, 1449, 1511, 1514, 1515, 1516, 1522, 1704, 1755, 1756, 2173, 2174, 2176, 2292, 2432, 2525, 2575, 2576, 2795, 3022, 3081, 3159, 3226, 3227, 3502, 3539, 3591.