THE TRAIL WILL BE COMPLETED IN THREE PHASES
Phase I - Completed in 2013.
This one mile segment is located in Downtown, extending from the Bear Creek Trail by SR 202 and Redmond Way to the Sammamish River Trail.
Phase II - Design complete. Construction to start in 2016.
The Phase II Call for Bids was initially published on October 7, 2015, and Bid Opening occurred on October 29, 2015. However, due to bid irregularities and the resultant lowest responsible bid being higher than available funding, all bids were rejected by the City Council at its December 1, 2015, meeting. A revised scope of work was published on January 20, 2016, and bids were opened on February 11, 2016. Construction is expected to begin in May/June and be completed in late 2016.
Work includes constructing approximately 1.3 miles of regional trail along the former Burlington Northern Railroad corridor from just east of the Sammamish River to the south side of the intersection of Willows Road and the 9900 Block, near DigiPen and Overlake Christian Church. The trail will generally be 12 feet wide, paved and have gravel shoulders. The Sammamish River trestle and the bridge over 154th Avenue NE will be retrofitted to accommodate the trail.
Proposed Sammamish River trestle retrofit with overlooks
The project also includes:
- Integrated art by Sidecar Collective*
- Storm drainage facilities
- Replacing the existing culvert at Willows Creek with a fish passable culvert
- Intersection, driveway and pedestrian improvements at key locations
- Lighting, landscaping and urban design improvements
- Wetland and stream mitigation
*Redmond Central Connector, Phase II Art Proposal – note that the PDF file contains proposed concepts. The “Mixed Messages” concept will be installed (the art shown is not the final design). The “Cycle-In Cinema” has been funded and will occur sometime after the trail is opened in 2017. “Flash Forward” is not currently funded.
Business Owner Meeting Mailer
Phase III - Not currently funded.
The last 1.6 miles of trail would connect Redmond to Kirkland and Woodinville across NE 124th Street. The City, Kirkland, and King County are also exploring options to create a more direct route from Redmond to Totem Lake via Willows Road to the Eastside Rail Corridor, along Willows Road or NE 124th Street. This phase is not currently funded; however, the City would like to prioritize this project in order to improve active transportation modes to offices on Willows and to the urban centers in Downtown Redmond and Totem Lake.