State OKs permit for state Route 900 trail connector

May 4, 2010

By Staff

The state Department of Transportation has issued a construction permit for a $6 million trail connector across Interstate 90 at state Route 900

The project aims to complete a trail about 1,600 feet long, between the end of the state Route 900 boardwalk at the eastbound interstate off-ramp on the south side of the interstates and the Sammamish Trail on the north.

The trail will be built on a freestanding structure across the westbound on-ramp, and then continue on the existing bridge structure across the interstate.

Transportation officials said the project should improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists along state Route 900. The project required a DOT permit because work will take place within state right-of-way. Transportation officials will open construction bids for the project May 13.

Most of the project price tag will be funded through grants, including $400,000 from Sound Transit. The city contributed about $341,000.

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One Response to “State OKs permit for state Route 900 trail connector”

  1. John Niles on May 4th, 2010 8:51 pm

    The following report to the Sound Transit Board describes why this agency is involved in $400,000 funding of this trail connector:

    The report states: “The trail and bridge are part of an important regional link in the non-motorized transportation network interconnecting the regional bike and pedestrian trails in central Issaquah while providing a safe and direct bike and pedestrian connection to and from the Issaquah Transit Center.”

    Also: “The proposed action is consistent with Motion No. M2009-36, which encourages safe and easy pedestrian and bicycle access to Sound Transit facilities, as well as pursuing and supporting partnerships with other agencies and organizations to leverage funding to improve bicycle access. The action also is consistent with previous pedestrian and bike facilities funded by Sound Transit in Issaquah as part of the SR-900 Park and Ride Arterial Improvements and by the Issaquah Transit Center projects which constructed sidewalks and boardwalks providing non-motorized access to the regional transit center services.”

    In other words Sound Transit cares about and supports people being able to walk or cycle safely to the Issaquah Transit Center.

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