County opens northern section of East Lake Sammamish Trail
The East Lake Sammamish Trail from 187th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Inglewood Hill Road re-opened Friday, July 3.
The King County Parks and Recreation Department had closed the northern segment as part of the county’s ongoing work to pave and widen the trail throughout Sammamish. The northern section now sports guard rails, fencing, gates, trail shoulders and intersections, according to a press release.
Work along the Sammamish trail has been split into three phases. Construction on the southern Sammamish segment, from Southeast 43rd Way to Southeast 33rd Street, could begin as early as mid-October. The design work for the middle segment is anticipated to begin this summer, according to the county's website.
The total budget for the project is about $39.4 million. As of March, the county had spent $24.1 million on the Sammamish trail, according King County Parks and Recreation Capital Project Managing Supervisor Frank Overton.
Funding is provided by the voter-approved 2014-19 Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy, as well as by grants from the Transportation Enhancements Program, the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program and state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
The county originally purchased the railbanked corridor in 1998 and installed an interim soft-surface trail along the 11-mile Sammamish stretch, which opened to the public in 2006.
The Sammamish trial, once completed, will be part of a 44-mile-long regional urban trail corridor from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah.