A portion of the Elliott Bay Trail will close next month, forcing bikers and pedestrians onto reroutes for just over a year as work continues on the new Expedia campus in Interbay.

But news of the closure — which is slated to being July 18 — also came with word that the company would be making what it calls significant enhancements to the stretch of the trail between West Galer Street and Centennial Park.

“We also want to make sure that this is a dialogue,” said Expedia Group spokesperson Annie Gustafson, noting the ongoing outreach and discussions with neighborhood groups and other stakeholders.

Once complete, pedestrians and cyclists will be separated along the half-mile section of the trail, while an existing abrupt right angle turn at the southwest corner of Terminal 89 will be replaced with a gentle curve, with the aim of increasing visibility for users and maximizing views of the waterfront. The improvements also include an increase in green space, and the addition of a new public waterfront viewpoint.

“The public areas along the Elliott Bay Trail – the Olympic Sculpture Park, the bike and running paths, the waterfront – are true Seattle gems,” said Mark Nagle, Expedia Vice President of Real Estate, in a press release. "We are excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community by making improvements that better connect this area to the surrounding neighborhoods."

During the closure, cyclists will be routed along Alaskan Way from the grain terminal to Galer Street (connecting back to the trail at both ends), while foot traffic will be directed to the Helix Bridge and along the west side of Elliott Avenue to the West Galer Street flyover. Trail closure and detour signs will be posted at each end, and pavement striping and stenciling will be applied every 50 feet of the temporary pedestrian path, and every 100 feet of the bike route. During business hours Monday through Friday, flagging crews will assist cyclists along Alaskan Way during periods of heavy traffic.

The closure comes as extensive utility work — specifically the burying of power lines that feed the Centennial Park fishing pier and adjacent restrooms — is set to begin along 16th Avenue and portions of the trail’s southern leg. Once that work is complete, construction will start on the new public access area on the campus’s southwest corner. Further work along 16th Avenue is anticipated to be complete by next fall, a timeline dependent on permits and inspections by the city.

The company is expected to relocate to its new headquarters at the former Amgen campus in 2019.

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