City Council picks builder for state Route 900 trail link

June 12, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2010

The planned trail connector across Interstate 90 at state Route 900 inched closer to reality Monday, after the City Council awarded a nearly $5.3 million contract to build the link.

The council selected the lowest bidder, Issaquah contractor C. A. Carey Corp. Grants — including $400,000 from Sound Transit — offset most of the project cost. The city contributed about $341,000 toward the link. Construction should start in July. Construction should last about eight months.

Plans call for a separate 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the westbound I-90 onramps and modifications to the existing state Route 900 overpass to install a 10-foot-wide pedestrian crossing. Critics questioned the proposed location, but the council decided last year to proceed with the project.

The project aims complete a trail about 1,600 feet long, between the end of the state Route 900 boardwalk at the eastbound I-90 off-ramp on the south side of the interstate, and the Sammamish Trail on the north.

Transportation officials said the project should improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists along state Route 900.

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One Response to “City Council picks builder for state Route 900 trail link”

  1. Doug on June 12th, 2010 11:00 am

    This seems like a colossal waste of money… I go into Issaquah two or three times a week and I can count on one hand how many pedestrians I’ve seen crossing over the freeway in the last year.

    The economy is in dire straits right now and the city should stick to worrying about the necessities that people need and not frivolous projects.

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