January 26, 1998
Woodinville Valley Trail bridge goes to bid
WOODINVILLE--By this summer, Sammamish Valley Trail users who want to check out Woodinville's wine and brewery district may have a safer way to get there. The city is asking for bids for a new 12-foot pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Sammamish River that would be built just north of the narrow state bridge on N.E. 145th St. The current bridge has only 18-inch curbs for pedestrians, something Youngblood termed "scary and potentially very dangerous." "We want people to have fun in the Sammamish Valley," Woodinville Parks and Recreation Director Lane Youngblood said. "Not fear for their lives."
Over a quarter-mile of paved asphalt trail would connect the bridge with trails past Redhook Brewery and Columbia Winery. The project will cost $480,000 with the state Department of Transportation and King County picking up the "lion's share." Woodinville will only pay $40,000, Youngblood said. Later phases of the project will connect to trails on the Tolt Pipeline and a powerline easement above Woodinville-Redmond Road. Youngblood said local segments of the Sammamish Valley Trail/Burke-Gilman Trail are some of the most heavily used. "We have as many as 3,000 bicyclists and pedestrians using the segment of trail between Bothell and Redmond per day" in the summer," Youngblood said. Trail use also spikes during special events, like the Fourth of July festivities as well. She estimated that the new bridge would be completed by early this summer.