King County is about to pave a 2.2-mile gravel section of the East Sammamish Lake Trail through Issaquah, connecting other paved trails in the process. The project will also start the process of paving the section of trail connecting Issaquah and Redmond. Someday, there could be a paved trail connecting with the Sammamish River Trail and, therefore, the Burke-Gilman Trail.
King County is confident that construction mitigation (which has already begun) will be much less troublesome than last year’s Burke-Gilman Trail work in Lake Forest Park because the parallel roadway, E Lake Sammamish Parkway, has bike lines.
From King County Parks:
Upgrades are coming to King County’s East Lake Sammamish Trail (ELST) through Issaquah, including removing the existing gravel trail and constructing a 12-foot-wide asphalt trail with gravel shoulders, installing concrete sidewalk connections, retaining walls, fencing and signage, plus wetland mitigation planting and landscaping.
A 2.2-mile-long stretch of the trail from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Way will be closed to all users during construction, which could take up to one year. The closure is expected to begin May 14.
The extensive scope of work in the trail’s narrow corridor requires complete closure of the trail. Trail users are advised to find alternate routes around the closed portion.
Nearby East Lake Sammamish Parkway features both bike lanes and sidewalks for ELST users who want to travel along the eastern shoreline of the lake and around the closed stretch of trail. Those who simply want to get out on a trail are encouraged to visit other portions of King County’s 175-mile regional trails system during construction.
The upgrades will make the trail accessible to a wider range of users, including bicyclists with narrow tires, inline skaters and others. Upgraded intersection and street crossing treatments will also be installed.
The estimated cost of completing the Issaquah segment is $2.74 million, with funding provided by the 2008-2013 voter-approved King County Open Space and Trails Levy, the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
Map of the section to be paved:
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