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East Lake Sammamish Trail segment reopens June 12

By Staff
The Issaquah Press
The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens to bicyclists, runners and other trail users at 11 a.m. June 12.

The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens to bicyclists, runners and other trail users at 11 a.m. June 12.

King County and local leaders will cut the ribbon at that time and reopen the newly developed trail segment, a 2.2-mile-long section from Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the city. The celebration will be 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 here.

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. The trail is more accessible to trail visitors of all ages and abilities.

Safety upgrades include enhancing intersection and road-crossing treatments, as well as 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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