The University of Washington said Wednesday it will ask for $12 million in federal stimulus money in hopes of widening a 1.7-mile segment of the Burke-Gilman Trail by 2016, to serve an estimated 10,000 daily users.
That’s the year Sound Transit light rail is expected to reach a new station alongside Husky Stadium. People arriving by train will walk on or across the trail. Others will bring bikes on the train, then ride the last mile to class or to work.
Using a $3 million grant, work will begin this fall on the first third of a mile, from 15th Avenue Northeast to Rainier Vista. In addition to a bigger trail, the project calls for new lighting, separation of walking and bicycling users, and concrete to replace weaker asphalt.
In making the announcement, the UW asked trail supporters to provide their names on this promotional website, to impress the feds.