After more than a year, the entire 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish bicycle trail will be open beginning on Friday.
A 2.6-mile section of the rail-trail that links Redmond with Issaquah along the scenic shores of Lake Sammamish has been closed since April 2014 when a grading, paving and landscaping job started.
Contractors finished enough of the job in May to open a half-mile of the project to the public — the link between the Marymoor Connector Trail and Sammamish Landing Park.
The remaining two miles have been closed while crews installed fencing, bollards and landscaping. Although the trail was closed, it has been obvious by tire tracks and the sight of dog walkers that some folks were going around the fences to get into the closed off zone.
Enjoy the open trail between Redmond and Issaquah this summer while it lasts.
Construction is supposed to start on the South Sammamish Segment A — roughly between SE 43rd Way and SE 33rd Street — is scheduled for closure beginning in mid-October for widening, paving and tree-cutting. The southern terminus of the section begins where the Issaquah paving ends.
Last will be the South Sammamish segment B. At 3.6 miles long, it runs from SE 33rd Street to Ingewood Hill Road and is currently in planning stages.
The county project on the so-called North Sammamish Segment just opened improved the gravel trail by widening it to 12 feet and paving it with asphalt. There are gravel shoulders on both sides, and such trailside improvements as benches and trash cans.
Contractors also had to stabilize hillsides next to the trail, replace the culverts so fish could pass upstream, and improve the many driveway crossings to waterfront homes along the stretch.
More information on the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.