The path is part of a series of projects on Highway 520 and will allow people to take a 2.75-mile walk or bike ride between Medina and Seattle for the first time.
A new, 14-foot-wide path for walking and biking on Highway 520’s floating bridge is on track to open in coming weeks, transportation officials say, providing a first-of-its-kind connection between Seattle and the Eastside.
But an exact opening date for the trail — which will help link a network of paths on both sides of Lake Washington — remains unknown.
Here we lay out the project’s timeline and scope, after Royce Christensen, of Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood, poked Traffic Lab for an update.
“The commuting possibilities would increase dramatically when opened,” he wrote.
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The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for months has said crews will wrap up construction and grant people access to the path sometime this fall.
According to agency spokesman Steve Peer, that remains the case — the calendar season lasts until Dec. 21, he pointed out.
“We’re aiming to make that mark,” Peer said. “It’s not 100 percent sure, but we’re certainly trying.”
WSDOT will release a firm opening date on Dec. 1, Peer said. The timeline could spill into January.
The opening will extend an existing path north of the bridge’s westbound lanes that stretches about halfway across the lake from the…