I. Project Update - North Sammamish Segment (187th to Inglewood Hill Road) 2.6 miles
Design of the 2.6-mile North Sammamish Segment started in January 2012. Read the North Sammamish project FAQ (updated 07/01/2013) to learn more about the project and the 100% construction plan by section.
Wondering about changes to stop signs alogn the trail? Read more here.
See the construction plans (28MB) for this segment and read about the latest project updates (PDF) (updated regularly).
II. Project Update - South Sammamish Segment (SE 43rd St to Inglewood Hill) 4.8 miles
- July - Began design from 30% design documents for South Sammamish Segment
- September - Began Utility locates and staking for geotech borings
- September - Begin Survey work
III. Project Update - Issaquah Segment (SE 43rd Way to Gilman Blvd.) 2.2 miles
The Issaquah Segment (between Gilman Boulevard and SE 43rd Street) has re-opened. We held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 12, 2013. Check out the photos here.
See the project FAQ, and the contruction mailer for more details.
Read about the latest project updates (PDF) (last updated May 2013).
IV. Project Update - Redmond Segment (NE 70th Street to 187th Avenue NE) 1.2 miles
This segment is complete. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 7, 2011. Photos from the ceremony are posted here. Project documents can be found here.
The East Lake Sammamish Master Plan Trail (ELST) project includes design and construction of an alternative, non-motorized transportation corridor and a multi-use recreational trail along 11 miles of the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad corridor on the east side of Lake Sammamish, from Redmond to Issaquah. The trail will provide access to recreation, employment and retail in the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah.
The ELST is the missing link in a 44-mile urban regional trail system linking Seattle to the hub of East King County and on to the Cascade Foothills.
This project has developed in two stages:
Interim Use Trail and Resource Protection Plan
The Interim use Trail, which was completed in 2006, originally extended south from NE 70th Street in Redmond to Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah and features a crushed gravel surface.
Master Plan Trail
The ELST is being constructed in phases as funding allows. Construction includes a 12-foot-wide asphalt trail with two – 2 ft. soft surface shoulders and two – 1 ft. clear zones on each side on each side of the trail. Additionally, construction includes; retaining walls, improved intersections, improved drainage systems, fish passable culverts, bollards, fencing and other trail amenities. The Master Plan Trial also includes plans to construct a total of 3 parking lots (2 parking lots with restrooms) for trail users; NE 70th St in Redmond, Inglewood Hill in Sammamish and SE 33rd St in Sammamish.
ELST Master Plan Phases (segments):
- Redmond Segment (NE 70th Street to City of Redmond / City of Sammamish boarder) – Completed and opened it to the public November 2011.
- Issaquah Segment (Gilman Blvd. to City of Issaquah / City of Sammamish boarder) - is currently under construction and is anticipated to open to the public early summer 2013.
- North Sammamish Segment (City of Redmond / City of Sammamish boarder to Inglewood Hill) – Construction to begin summer 2013. Complete construction summer 2014.
- South Sammamish Segment A (Inglewood Hill to SE 33rd St) – as funding allows
- South Sammamish Segment B (SE 33rd St. to City of Sammamish / City of Issaquah boarder) – as funding allows
- Parking Lot and Restrooms at Inglewood Hill – as funding allows
- Parking Lot and Restrooms at SE 33rd St – as funding allows
News Release: "A smoother, safer trail as King County Parks reopens East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah" June 12, 2013
News Release: "Pavement, other improvements coming to East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah" May 9, 2012
News Release: "King County officially opens Redmond stretch of East Lake Sammamish Trail" November 7, 2011
News Release: "Redmond segment of East Lake Sammamish Trail to open ahead of schedule, under budget" October 21, 2011
News Release: "East Lake Sammamish Trail paving work requires closure through Redmond stretch" March 3, 2011
News Release: "East Lake Sammamish Trail plans take next step" May 27, 2010
Redmond/North Sammamish/South Sammamish Segments:
Capital Project Manager
Capital Project Manager
411-108th Avenue NE, Suite 1800
Bellevue, WA 98004-5571
Regional Trails in King County Map