City Council picks builder for SR 900 trail link

June 29, 2010

By Staff

The planned trail connector across Interstate 90 at state Route 900 inched closer to reality June 7, 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 and last about eight months.

Plans call for a separate 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the westbound I-90 on-ramps 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.

The project aims to 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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