Northwest NEWS

September 11, 2000

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Sammamish River Trail closure update

The King County Park System will close a two-mile section of the Sammamish River Trail between Sammamish River Park in Bothell (approximately 102nd Ave. NE) and Wilmot Park in Woodinville (approximately 124th Ave. NE) periodically from Monday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 22 and completely between Monday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Nov. 10 for trail and bridge widening and repaving.
   Trail construction done between Sept. 18 and Oct. 22 can be accomplished without complete closure of the trail, so the trail will remain open most of the time during these first five weeks of work. However, between four and eight periodic closures will be required during this time for a variety of work that con not be accomplished while users are on the trail.
   These intermittent closures will occur on weekdays onlyl, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to minimize impacts on commuters. Signs will be posted on the trail to alert trail users of these intermittent closures.
   King County will widen this two-mile section of the trail from the existing width of 10 feet to a new paved width of 12 feet, plus two-foot gravel shoulders on each side.
   The Sammamish River Trail bridges over the Sammamish River and North Creek will also be widened accordingly to 12 feet (without shoulders).
   There is no designated detour route for the duration of the trail closure, as alternate routes are considered suitable. Riverside Drive and Woodinville Drive have no bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and vehicular traffic is heavy. This route is not recommended for pedestrians, skaters and bicyclists.
   King County advises pedestrians, skaters and bicyclists that must proceed to use vehicular transportation only on Riverside Dr. and Woodinville Dr.
   Metro Transit bus service may provide an alternative for some trail users through this closure. Routes 307, 312, 340, 372 and 931 provide bus service in the area of the trail u. Refer to individual bus schedules for information on bus stop locations and times of service. All Metro buses in this area are equipped with bike racks that hold two bikes.
   The Sammamish River Trail connects with the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell, forming a popular 27-mile paved pathway taking users from King county's Marymoor Park near Redmond to Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
   For more information about this project, call Karna K. Soi, King County Dept. of Construction and Facility Management at 206-296-4250.