King County hosts open house series for trail project update

March 11, 2014

By Staff

Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses and learn more about design and planning for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.

King County Parks is hosting the open house series to update residents about converting this portion of the trail from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.

While each open house will focus on a specific neighborhood, the same materials will be shared at each meeting. Open houses are from 5-7 p.m. The meeting dates, locations and the specific trail segment that will be discussed are:

March 12: Pine Lake Middle School Commons, 3200 228th Ave. S.E. — trail segment from Southeast 43rd Way in Issaquah to Southeast 33rd Street in Sammamish;

March 13: Rachel Carson Elementary School Commons, 1035 244th Ave. N.E. — trail segment from Southeast 33rd Street to 1200 E. Lake Sammamish Shore Lane S.E.;

March 18: Margaret Mead Elementary School Gym, 1725 216th Ave. N.E. — 1200 E. Lake Sammamish Shore Lane S.E. to 130 E. Lake Sammamish Shore Lane; and

March 19: Pine Lake Middle School Commons, 3200 228th Ave. S.E. — 130 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Northeast to Northeast Inglewood Hill Road.

The South Sammamish segment of the trail is being designed and constructed in two phases. The first 1.2-mile segment — from southeast 43rd Way to Southeast 33rd Street — could see construction begin as early as spring 2015, while the second segment, the 3.6-mile stretch from Southeast 33rd Street to Inglewood Hill Road — could have construction under way in 2016.

Last year, King County Parks completed the second segment of the trail conversion from the interim soft-surface trail to the finished master-planned trail — a 2.2-mile stretch through Issaquah. The Redmond segment of the trail was completed in 2011.

King County purchased the 11-mile East Lake Sammamish rail banked corridor in 1998. An interim soft-surface trail was completed and opened to the public in March 2006.

The trail follows a historic railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish within the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah. Part of the Locks to Lakes Corridor, the trail follows an off-road corridor along the lake and through lakeside communities.

Once the trail is fully developed, it will be part of a 44-mile regional urban trail corridor from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/eastlakesammamishtrail.

 

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