It's a short trail that will go a long way toward making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to travel around the bustling Factoria mall area. A new walkway/bikeway along 108th Avenue Southeast will make it easier for non-motorists to get to the I-90 trail from downtown.
While just a third of a mile long, the Factoria trail, which opened last week, closes a gap between a key north-south bike route and the Mountains to Sound Greenway trail along I-90, a primary east-west route for the entire Puget Sound.
No longer will riders and walkers have to share Factoria Boulevard with mall traffic when they want to traverse between the north end of 124th Avenue Southeast, which has bike lanes, and the I-90 trail.
The $1.4 million trail, identified as a neighborhood need years ago, is 10 feet wide, with two lanes. It includes a new informational kiosk at the Factoria Boulevard entrance to the I-90 Trail will help direct pedestrians and bicyclists to the new bypass connection.
The $3 million 108th Avenue Southeast pedestrian and bicycle route, currently under construction, will connect Bellevue Way and I-90 for non-motorized transportation. Starting at the southern section of the project, a new 10-foot multi-use path will head north, narrow to six-feet, and turn into a four-foot wide bike lane on the east side of the roadway.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is studying the addition of a three-mile trail that would link sections of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail, which follows I-90 for 100 miles, from Seattle to Thorp in central Washington. There are gaps in the trail between Factoria Boulevard and Issaquah.
Funding for the Factoria trail included a state Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety grant for $605,000 and a federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality grant for $354,400.
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