A gap in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail in Bellevue is a step closer to being filled with the opening of a 0.8-mile segment of the pedestrian-bike trail from Interstate 405 to 132nd Avenue Southeast.
It fills a piece of the 3.6-mile “Eastgate Gap” in the regional trail along the Interstate 90 corridor from Seattle to Issaquah, according to the City of Bellevue.
The City built the project with funding support from the state of Washington and in partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The section cost $21 million and includes a tunnel under ramps from I-405 to eastbound I-90 and a bridge over Factoria Boulevard.
Construction has begun on the next section of the Greenway Trail in Bellevue between 132nd Avenue Southeast and 142nd Place Southeast. Design and construction funding for the segment from 142nd to Lakemont Boulevard and into Issaquah, however, is not yet available, the City said.
“This project is the first step in completing the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail through Bellevue,” Mayor Lynne Robinson said in a statement. “It will make travel safer for everyone who uses it. It’s also a major milestone in our effort to create a comprehensive and connected pedestrian-bicycle network in our city, for both commuter and recreational use. As a frequent bicycle rider, I’m delighted and look forward to finishing the remaining segments.”
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail runs through a portion of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. The vision for trail connections throughout the Heritage Area is that someone could travel for recreation or commuting on safe, nonmotorized trails that connect Puget Sound urban areas to Central Washington, the City said.