Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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This image shows a converted train trestle over the Sammamish River that could be built by 2016.
The city of Redmond recently adopted a master plan for turning a 4-mile section of the former BNSF Railway corridor into a park trail.
The corridor is called the Redmond Central Connector and runs from the end of King County’s East Lake Sammamish Trail, just west of state Route 520/state Route 202 interchange, to Northeast 124th Street. It ranges between 50 and 100 feet wide.
The first phase will focus on a mile-long section through downtown. The estimated construction cost is $3 million to $3.5 million.
The city acquired the corridor last year. The goal is to create a regional trail, make the corridor more attractive, and accommodate utilities and a future Sound Transit light-rail line.
The Berger Partnership is the prime consultant and landscape architect. Guy Michaelsen, a principal, said the firm is beginning construction documents. Construction on the first phase will take place next year.
Michaelsen said the trail will connect the north and south sides of downtown Redmond, which have been separated by the railroad.
The trail will be a path for walking and biking, and also serve as a destination, with gathering spaces for large and small groups. Michaelsen said landings along the trail will have significant works of art.
The next phase of work on the four-mile corridor is planned by 2016. Final completion is slated for 2025, when the light-rail line is expected to be built.
Other project team members are Weinstein A|U, urban planning; KPG, civil engineer; BOLA Architects + Planning, historic architecture; GeoEngineers, geotechnical services; Perri Lynch, artist; Norton Arnold & Co., public outreach; Parsons Brinkerhoff, transit station consultant; and MA Wright, structural engineer.
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