East Lake Sammamish Trail segment reopens

June 11, 2013

By Staff

The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail was set to reopen to bicyclists, runners and other trail users June 12.

King County and local leaders planned to cut the ribbon at that time and reopen the newly developed trail segment, a 2.2-mile section from Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the city. A celebration was scheduled at the trail’s terminus along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

The city is asking that people not use the Issaquah segment — between Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard — until it officially opens.

Read a summary of the project http://1.usa.gov/15EJ184.

The ongoing work transformed the trail from a crushed rock surface to a 12-foot-wide paved trail with 2-foot soft-surface shoulders on each side to make the trail more accessible to trail visitors of all ages and abilities.

Safety upgrades include enhancing intersection and road-crossing treatments, and other design improvements.

The trail follows a historic railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish and connects Issaquah, Sammamish and Redmond.

Funding for the project was provided by the voter-approved 2008-13 King County Open Space and Trails Levy, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, and the Federal Highway Administration.


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