Plan to upgrade East Lake Sammamish Trail proceeds

September 4, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 4, 2010

King County has applied for a city permit to upgrade East Lake Sammamish Trail through Issaquah. The city has notified nearby property owners.

Plans to improve the interim trail would call for paving the gravel trail and increasing the width to 12 feet of asphalt, plus gravel shoulders on both sides.

Because the project could impact wetlands, the plans call for wetlands to be restored in Lake Sammamish State Park to offset the construction.

The county plans to conduct the Issaquah improvements in two phases. The initial phase calls for the second from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to 56th Avenue Northwest, plus the wetland work in the state park. The final phase includes 56th Avenue Northwest to Southeast 43rd Way.

The trail is located within the trail corridor along the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad from Northwest Gilman Boulevard northward along Lake Sammamish to the city line.

Comment on the project by Sept. 10. Send comments to city Senior Planner Marion O’Brien at P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027, or mariono@ci.issaquah.wa.us.

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One Response to “Plan to upgrade East Lake Sammamish Trail proceeds”

  1. Carolyn Caffey on September 5th, 2010 9:16 am

    I oppose further expansion of the Eastlake Sammamish trail; it’s unnecessary to lay down asphalt and widen the trail. I’m on the trail nearly everyday and it’s heavily used by both bicyclists and pedestrians who manage just fine. There will be a negative impact on the wildlife in the area who feed on the streams along the trail which you intend to fill with asphalt.

    Expanding the wetlands in Eastlake Sammamish park will not benefit the wildlife that live on the plateau along Eastlake Sammamish and rely on the streams. What do you think the wildlife is going to do – relocate to the park?

    It’s bad enough that there’s no passage for wildlife to get from the plateau to the lake. A few weeks ago, I saw a female duck with her six ducklings frantically struggling to get beyond the concrete barriers along the westside of Eastlake Sammamish to the streams. Once you cover them up, the ducks will have no place to go; they certainly cannot get to the lake with the wall-to-wall housing along its shoreline.

    This is in effect, a death sentence for for indigenous wildlife on the Eastside and a short-sighted legislative effort to alter the effective balance in the name of “progress”.

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