The penultimate section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail reopened yesterday to the delight of 70+ bikers, walkers, scooters and other supporters. The trail opening festivities included decorating the plaza trellis with wishes for future use, hot beverages for attendees, and a Cascade Bicycle Club sponsored tune-up station.
This 1.2-mile-long segment runs from Southeast 43rd Way and Southeast 33rd Street, and includes a 12-foot-wide asphalt surface with 2-foot-wide shoulders to accommodate expected high traffic in the coming years.
The completed trail is safer than the interim trail, thanks to the new smooth asphalt surface, improved sightlines, enhanced intersections, and improved drainage. Just 3.6 miles of interim trail awaits redevelopment to complete the full 11-mile-long trail. The remaining section is currently under design and is awaiting approval of permitting from the City of Sammamish to begin construction.
The entire length of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is now open to the public, including the new segment, and the undeveloped interim trail to the north.