City to add sidewalk, bike lanes to 244th near Beaver Lake Park

February 6, 2013

By Ari Cetron

A stretch of 244th Avenue near the Beaver Lake Park playing fields is on track to be overhauled later this year.

Laura Philpot, public works director for Sammamish, presented the plans for the roadway to the City Council Jan. 22. The stretch of 244th from 24th Street to 32nd Street could see a $1.7 million renovation this summer.

The plan calls for adding bike lanes to both sides of the road and a sidewalk to the east side. Once completed, it would be similar to Southeast 20th Street, with twin bike lanes and a single sidewalk.

The plan is to, in part, allow safer pedestrian access along the road.

“I’ve actually used this as a … pedestrian, and there is not a lot of room,” Philpot said.

She noted that some councilmembers had suggested changing the sidewalk to gravel rather than a paved area. However, she said that would not account for substantial cost savings since either way the plan calls for retaining walls.

One potential problem might be a drainage culvert which goes under the roadway. It is too early to tell, but the city might be expected to replace the culvert as it goes through the permitting process. If so, that would likely push the project over budget by $80,000. Without the culvert, it should stay within the budgeted amount.

“We’re hoping we don’t have to widen this culvert,” said City Manager Ben Yazici.

If all continues as planned, Philpot said the city expects to finalize the design in the coming months and return to the City Council to award a construction contract in early July, with an eye toward work starting in late July.

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One Response to “City to add sidewalk, bike lanes to 244th near Beaver Lake Park”

  1. Blazefury on February 8th, 2013 12:58 am

    Nice! We will need more pedestrian facilities on the plateau, fo sho.

    To be honest, I don’t see too much pedestrian hazard on this existing stretch of 244th (hint: the funds could probably be diverted to more pedestrian-hazardous roads), since there is already a small gas pipe easement along that stretch which can be used as a car buffer.

    However, it’s hard to complain when the city is actively addressing non-vehicle road improvements, such as this, which IMHO, is the most dire area of improvement needed to bring this city up to 21th-century living standards (what? you can’t walk out of your neighborhood?).

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