People are beginning to walk, run and roll on a future Burke-Gilman Trail segment in Ballard, following two decades of plans and disputes over where to build the so-called “missing link” of Seattle’s cross-city corridor. Curbs and asphalt were installed between the Ballard Locks and 24th Avenue Northwest during a street-renovation project. But this strip can’t be outfitted as a trail with signs, markings and other features yet, because the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) remains tied up in court. The next trail phase along Shilshole Avenue Northwest, which passes industrial driveways, also remains on hold. Eventually SDOT intends to build trail all the way to Ballard Bridge, completing the 1.4-mile, $26.4 million corridor.

This is a view of the Ballard Multimodal Corridor on Northwest Market Street from 28th Avenue Northwest, looking east; the National Nordic Museum can be seen at upper right. The corridor project is nearing completion. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
This is a view of the Ballard Multimodal Corridor on Northwest Market Street from 28th Avenue Northwest, looking east; the National Nordic Museum can be seen at upper right. The corridor project is nearing completion. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)