East Lake Sammamish Trail closes for upgrades
May 22, 2012
The regional East Lake Sammamish Trail through Issaquah is closed for up to a year as crews remove the existing gravel surface and construct a 12-foot asphalt trail.
King County closed the trail to all users May 14. The closure affects a 2.2-mile stretch from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Way.
The estimated cost to complete the segment is $2.74 million. The county used funding from the King County Open Space and Trails Levy, federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
Plans also call for crews to add gravel shoulders, concrete sidewalk connections, retaining walls, fencing and signage, plus wetland planting and landscaping.
The extensive work in the narrow corridor required a complete closure. Officials advised trail users to find alternate routes around the closed section.
The upgrade is meant to make the trail accessible to a wider range of users, including bicyclists with narrow tires, those with inline skates and others.
The completed East Lake Sammamish Trail is meant to stretch 44 miles from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah.