City bans bicycles from Snake Hill Road
April 22, 2014
By Ari Cetron
New: April 22, 2:39 p.m.
Bicyclists and people who drive big trucks need to avoid Snake Hill Road, also known as 212th Avenue Southeast, for the time being.
In early April, Sammamish closed the road to bikes and trucks weighing more than 10 tons, said public works director Laura Philpot.
She hopes to be able to lift the ban as soon as possible, but it’s likely to be in place for a couple of years.
The road has been moving for years, Philpot said, and huge cracks have begun appearing in it.
While city road crews have been repairing the cracks as best they can, some have appeared literally overnight, Philpot said.
So as a safety precaution, the city has banned bikes and big trucks from the road while they study options. Philpot thinks it’s unlikely that cars will be banned from the road.
The way the road has been moving made Philpot think the road was never properly engineered.
The city has hired a geotechnical engineer (for a maximum of $15,000) to study the road and the soils under it. The engineering report should shed more light on the causes of and the solutions for the road’s movement.
It will also provide more information on the possibility of closing it to vehicles.
The report should also help the city develop possible costs for fixing the road.
Philpot said she hopes to ask the City Council to include money for a fix in the 2015-16 budget.
The ideal fix would not only stop the road from moving and cracking so frequently, but also provide a shoulder for use by bikes and pedestrians, she said.