News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Fremont Siphon Replacement Project Breaks Ground

March 28th, 2015 by master

The recently demolished building and future site of King County’s new odor control facility

On Monday March 16th the Fremont Siphon Replacement Project began with the demolition of the former Praxair building at NW 36th Ave and 2nd Ave NW. The extensive project is expected to take two years and Fremonsters can expect to see several phases of construction and closures. King County is overseeing the replacement of the Fremont Siphon, a major sewer pipe that runs under the Ship Canal between Fremont and Queen Anne, and hosted a series of public meeting and open houses in the lead up to the project.

During a community meeting at the Fremont Library on March 2nd, the King County team presented an overview of the project including construction timelines, closures, detours, and what community members could expect during construction. Several residents of Canal Street expressed concerns as the west end of NW Canal Street and 2nd Ave NW will be closed during a duration of construction. A portion of parking along NW Canal Street will be temporarily eliminated to provide two way access and a turn around. Community planners addressed these concerns and noted residents’ feedback.

What does the Fremont Siphon do?

The Fremont Siphon has provided safe, reliable sewer service to north Seattle and other cities in north King County for decades. Sewage and stormwater from more than 100 square miles of pass through the Fremont Siphon every year to be cleaned and safely discharged at the County’s treatment plant in Magnolia. During storms, the pipe carries up to 220 million gallons per day, making it one of the most heavily used pipes in the regional sewer system.

The existing Siphon is nearly 100 years old and has reached the end of its of service life. The new pipes will ensure north Seattle and northern King County continue to enjoy safe, reliable sewer service for decades.

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

Here are some of the biggest impacts for Fremonsters:

  •  Work hours are Monday- Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm as necessary.
  • There will be increased activity and noise throughout the duration of the project.
  • A long-term Burke-Gilman Trail detour will come into effect after the project begins. This detour will be paved and take cyclists and pedestrians slightly closer to the Canal for approximately the distance of a block before rejoining the trail.
  • As the contractor prepares to install the new pipe 2nd Ave NW will be closed for a time.
  • The west end of NW Canal Street will be closed at the same time as 2nd Ave NW and remain closed during the next phase when crews connect the siphon.

A new odor control facility will be constructed on the site of the former Praxair building. The surrounding space will be restored with vegetation and given a “park-like” feel. Beginning in 2013 King County planners work with the Fremont community to design a facility with community input. For more in-depth details about the final design visit this page.

King County will continue to engage the community for the duration of the Fremont Siphon Project. A 24-hour project information line is available for questions or concerns at (206) 205-5428. Updates will be made available at and the project team can be reached there as well.

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

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What’s New, Fremont?

July 8th, 2011 by master

Here’s a couple news items and notes to get you up to speed as you head into the weekend…

  • 112 Printworks, which he opened in Fremont in May, features screen prints from various artists.
  • Ballard Seafood Fest takes over downtown Ballard both Saturday and Sunday, with tons of live music, vendor booths, food, children’s activities, and, of course, the much-loved lutefisk eating contest.
  • Northwest International Student Exchange (NWISE), a group that aims to promote international understanding and goodwill, is looking for host families to house teenagers from the Szechuan Provence of China.

You may remember reading about the incident following the Solstice Parade involving a man barricaded in his house and a SWAT team. Here’s some video of the ordeal.

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Artist(s) Wanted For Burke Gilman Trail Installation

June 28th, 2011 by master

The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

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Transmission tower work closes part of Burke Gilman Trail through Fremont

October 7th, 2010 by master

Seattle City Light crews are reattaching a 20 foot section of a transmission tower on the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal next to the Burke Gilman Trail. That work will require the closing of the trail today (10/7) from 8am to 4pm. The closure is approximately from Phinney Ave to Stone Way. Traffic will be diverted onto North 34th Street.

Similar work on the tower on the south side of the canal is already finished. The high voltage lines that are held by the towers will be restrung across the canal next summer.

Installation of south tower, photo from City Light

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Environmental study required for ‘Missing Link’

April 16th, 2010 by master

Our sister site, is reporting that the completion of the Burke Gilman trail has been stalled. Friday morning, King County Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers ruled that the city must perform an environmental study before a decision can be made to complete the missing link of the Burke Gilman Trail.


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‘Missing Link’ ruling expected soon

April 1st, 2010 by master

Getting to Golden Gardens on the Burke Gilman Trail takes you through the dangerous, unfinished stretch which runs through Ballard — called the “missing link” — which has long been a hot-button issue with bicyclists, drivers and businesses in the area.

King County Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers is expected to issue his opinion Friday on a lawsuit filed against the city by a coalition of Ballard industrial businesses, associations and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. The lawsuit alleges that an environmental review conducted by the city to determine the impact of a completed trail did not take businesses into account.

With the ruling right around the corner, we’ve posted an in-depth look at the missing link, from an interactive tour to one bicyclist’s account of an accident there. The multimedia story is the product of an innovative partnership with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class.

Click here to read “A look at the missing link.”

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Plant removal scheduled on Burke Gilman Trail

January 25th, 2010 by master

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin removing invasive plants along a section of the Burke Gilman Trail on Monday, February 1.  The plants being removed are in an area between Meridian Ave N and Latona Ave NE on the north end of Lake Union.  The removal is part of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop plan that was completed in 2009 (see map on the right or click here for a larger view).  The 6-mile loop aims to improve access to Lake Union, as well as better connect adjacent neighborhoods, downtown, University of Washington and the Burke Gilman Trail.  Although the trail may narrow in places where plants are being removed, the trail will stay open while work is being done. 

To view the loop’s Master Plan, click here (.pdf).

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Bicyclists beware on Burke Gilman Trail

November 3rd, 2009 by master

Update 12:30pm: The trail is now fixed.  Thanks again, Michael!

Bicyclists should use caution when riding along the Burke Gilman Trail through Fremont.  Michael sent us this picture to warn others about pavement work on the trail behind Sound Mind & Body.

Watch out for the pinch flat

I saw at least one cyclist who was repairing a pinch flat after he hit the sharp pavement cut.  This is a hazard and people are better off walking or riding on the dirt through this section until the pavement repair is complete.

No word yet on when the work will be complete but we’ll keep you posted.  Thanks for the tip, Michael!

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Burke-Gilman Trail to close for City Light work

July 7th, 2009 by master

The Burke-Gilman Trail will be closed intermittently starting Wednesday as Seattle City Light continues to replace old wooden power poles with steel ones and replace the 200-foot steel lattice towers. The trail will be closed between Fremont Ave. N. and Phinney Ave. N. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work will not be done on weekends and is expected to wrap up next Friday, July 17th. Mike Eagan with Seattle City Light says that westbound pedestrians and bicyclists can bypass the closure by using N. 34th St. from Stone Way N. Expect another closure in August so crews can finish their project.

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Burke Gilman Trail closed by the Fremont Bridge

May 14th, 2009 by master

Friday is Bike to Work day and many people will be riding along the Burke Gilman Trail, but the trail is closed through Fremont.

Seattle City Light crews are busy working along the north side of the Ship Canal closing the trail between Phinney Ave. N. and the Fremont Bridge. Mike Eagan, with City Light says, “This is preliminary work for a project to upgrade the large steel lattice towers on the Fremont and Queen Anne sides of the canal and the high-voltage lines that span the canal.” The city crews will be working for about two more weeks before the contractor takes over. There will be temporary closures for the next several months. Detours have been set up. (Thanks for the picture, Michael!)
Updated: Mike Eagan says in comments that City Light will hold off blocking the Trail until about 9:15 Friday morning and re-open it by 3 p.m.

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