CHIEF SEALTH TRAIL | SEATTLE, WA
Owner: City of Seattle Department of Transportation
SvR Role: Bike/Ped, Civil Engineering & Landscape Architecture
Construction Cost: $3 million
Start Date: 6/2004
End Date: 6/2007
Award: Puget Sound Regional Council Vision 20/20 Award
Chief Sealth is a multi-modal recreational trail extending from Beacon Hill to near Seattle’s southern limit. It was an opportunistic project, conceived to take advantage of recycled concrete and soil from the light rail construction. The project was constructed on 83 acres of a Seattle City Light transmission corridor, and provides 3.6 miles of trail access for a broad range of users, including maintenance vehicles. Seattle City Light uses this trail corridor for tower maintenance and emergency repairs. This vast project travels through 22 street crossings and utilizes 250,000 cubic yards of fill in artful screening landforms. The project involved intensive interagency and community coordination on a fast-track construction schedule to coordinate with Sound Transit LINK Lightrail. SvR developed grading, natural drainage, and trail alignment drawings in a series of quick turn-around phases. Extensive effort was taken to provide the community with a thorough understanding of the work taking place outside their windows and in their neighborhoods.