Crews to start trail project near Sunset Elementary School

January 1, 2013

By Staff

Motorists should prepare for changes along West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast near the Issaquah School District’s Sunset Elementary School, as crews start work on a $4.8 million project to add a trail for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The initial phase encompasses a section of roadway between Interstate 90, near the Issaquah-Bellevue line, to Southeast 34th Street in Bellevue.

Under a plan approved Nov. 5 by the Bellevue City Council, crews from Tacoma-based Active Construction plan to add a multipurpose trail separated from vehicle traffic by a landscaped buffer. Plans also call for crews to add pedestrian crossings along the north-south corridor.

Construction is expected to start in early 2013 and wrap in late fall.

The southbound lane of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is scheduled to close during construction. Plans call for southbound traffic to shift to Southeast 34th Street and to I-90. Motorists can then use the interstate to return to destinations in the closure area by using the West Lake Sammamish Parkway off-ramp and heading north.

The project is divided into five phases, and each phase stretches for about a mile along the 5.5-mile corridor between the Interstate and Bellevue city limits. Officials said response from the public indicated support for starting with the southernmost segment.

Bellevue city staffers notified affected residents and business owners about the detour.

The city started considering improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway 26 years ago. In 2005, after extensive public outreach, Bellevue council members approved a general design calling for a 10-foot-wide multipurpose trail and landscaped buffer.

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