WSDOT calls it the West Thomas Street Overpass; it finished in November after what seemed like years of construction.
The waterfront trail through Myrtle Edwards has always been part of my favorite ride in Seattle. On a clear day, it's unbelievably scenic, with the waves crashing into the rocks nearby, the smell of salt water filling the air, the Olympic Mountains towering over the tidewater, and when you turn that last corner, Mt Rainier standing tall behind the industrial waterway south of downtown. I try to work this into a lot of my rides; after work I do a loop around Lake Union from Ballard and come home through Myrtle Edwards, over Magnolia and across the Locks. On weekends sometimes I go down to Seward Park, and do the last leg of my ride the same way.
It seems like forever that the bike trail has been closed for bridge construction. We've had to share the pedestrian path, and only the runners were nice enough to use that side path. Anyway, it's been over for a few months, and I wonder what people think of the bridge? Was it worth the wait? Do you think this is a convenient way into Queen Anne?
Also, I have some pictures. Friday, after work, I loaded up my camera into my backpack, strapped the tripod to the right side of the pack (so I could do traffic checks over the left shoulder), and rode to the bridge. I think I'm allowed to post these here, since they came from a bike ride, even if it was a ride to get some pictures, instead of a more regular ride report?
Looking toward Myrtle Edwards Park:
Looking west toward the Olympics from the viewpoint. The jet trails are really unfortunate:
Coming from the waterfront into Lower Queen Anne: