Ribbon cutting on the East Lake Sammamish Trail
East Lake Sammamish Trail - Redmond Segment
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Monday, November 7, 2011
At the new trail parking lot,
Northeast 70th Street
East Lake Sammamish Parkway, Redmond
One month early and $1.5 million under budget, a freshly redeveloped 1.2-mile-long stretch of the East Lake Sammamish Trail through Redmond is almost ready to reopen. In Redmond, this trail segment is re-opening after being transformed from a crushed-rock surface to a wide, paved trail. This section from Northeast 70th Street to the Redmond-Sammamish border at 187th street follows an historic railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish.
Once the ELST is fully developed, it will be part of a 44-mile-long regional urban trail corridor from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah. Paving and other trail redevelopment work has been completed as funds become available. Next spring, King County will begin work on the stretch of the trail through Issaquah.
“This is an important regional corridor and I am pleased we can reopen this portion of the trail ahead of schedule, and for less cost than anticipated,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Walkers, runners, and cyclists will all benefit from having a trail that is wider and safer.”