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New segment of Lake to Sound Trail opens, linking trails and transit

King County Parks opened a new segment of the Lake to Sound Trail, which will be a 16-mile paved path. (Photo courtesy of King County Parks)

A new segment opened Wednesday of King County Parks’ Lake to Sound Trail that will eventually connect Lake Washington to Puget Sound in 16-miles of paved trail.

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The trail will connect five South King County cities – Renton, Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, and Des Moines. It also connects to four regional trails – Eastrail, Cedar River Trail, Interurban Trail, and Green River Trail — as well as three major transit routes: Link light rail, King County Metro RapidRide A Line, and the Sounder Tukwila Station.

Voters renewed the Parks Levy in August, funding this $5.8 million project.

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“We are strengthening regional trail connections between South King County communities, making it convenient to walk, run, or bike to high-capacity transit,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “By connecting trails to transit, King County is making it easier than ever to explore the best places our dynamic region has to offer without having to sit in traffic or pay for parking.”

When completed, the Lake to Sound Trail and Eastrail will eventually connect Des Moines’ shoreline to Marymoor Park in Redmond, and will connect four light rail stations on the future East Link extension.

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The new segment connects Tukwila’s Fort Dent Park to Renton’s Black Riparian Forest. As standards dictate, the trail is 12 feet wide, with 2-foot-wide surface shoulders, and a 1-foot-wide clear zone on both sides.

Construction on the next segment, Burien to SeaTac and Des Moines, is scheduled for 2021.

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