FEBRUARY 24, 1997

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New Sammamish Trail bridge proposed

145th St. bridge

With heavy traffic along SR-202, the only access to Woodinville's tourist district from the Burke-Gilman Trail is across the dangerously narrow bridge on NE 145th Street. Plans are to build a new bridge connecting to existing asphalt pathways in front of the wineries and brewery.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Northwest News.

new bridge proposed by Jeff Switzer, senior staff reporter
To get from the Burke-Gilman Trail to Redhook, Columbia Winery, and Chateau Ste. Michelle, trail users have taken their lives into their hands. But a proposal nearing fruition will put a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge across the Sammamish River and a crosswalk on SR-202, making the City of Woodinville's Tourist District more pedestrian-friendly.
   Woodinville Parks Director Lane Youngblood says the new bridge will make the area much safer. "That area continues to experience growth and congestion," she said. "A trail separated from the traffic on SR-202 will be a more leisurely and enjoyable experience."
   Youngblood says the bridge access on NE 145th Street is "very narrow, too narrow to access for even the most brave and able-bodied people" and "impossible for parents with strollers to go across."
   Foot and bicycle trails will be a minimum of 10 feet wide, and 12 feet wide wherever possible to allow pedestrians and cyclists to share the space. Portions of the existing trail in front of Redhook will be reconstructed to meet requirements of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
   There are two proposed bridge locations, one 44 feet and the second 103 feet north of the highway. The recommended design of the 12-foot-wide, 140-foot-long bridge is a single-span precast concrete through-girder bridge.
   King County will bear the lion's share of the costs ($240,000), and a federal ISTEA grant ($200,000) and $68,000 from the City of Woodinville round out the $508,000 total for the $453,700 project.
   More than one million joggers, bikers, in-line skaters, and walkers use the trail between Redmond and Bothell each year.