The pedestrian walkway of the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on the Raging River Bridge will be closed through August for a seismic retrofit.

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The pedestrian walkway of the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on the Raging River Bridge will be closed through August for a seismic retrofit.




The bridge also carries traffic on the Preston-Fall City Road about 1 ½ miles south of Fall City. Traffic will be reduced to one lane on the bridge for the next six to eight weeks during construction.




The two-lane bridge in unincorporated King County was built in the early 1960s and does not meet current standards for earthquake resistance. The $850,000 project will add four anchors and several steel connectors to make it stronger.




“We know these closures are disruptive for trail users and drivers, but this project will improve the safety of both the trail and the road,” said King County project manager Steven Jiang.



Redmond



Councilman to seek election in November




John “Pat” Vaché, who has served as an appointed member of the Redmond City Council the past 18 months, has announced he will seek election in November to retain his council seat.




Vaché previously served on the council from 1981-88 and also served on the Policy Advisory Commission, which is now the Planning Commission. He also has volunteered for a number of civic organizations and foundations.




During his past year and a half on the council, Vaché has worked on the city’s budget, helped complete a Shorelines Master Plan, Critical Areas Ordinance and a Comprehensive Plan update, and has helped with the soon-to-be-completed Master Transportation Plan.



Issaquah



School board seeks candidates for 2 slots




The Issaquah School Board will host a special informational meeting next Wednesday for anyone interested in running for one of the two open positions on the board in November.




The following positions are open: director district 2, which covers the southwest part of the district, and director district 4, which covers the southeast part.




Candidates must live in the district they wish to direct.




Board members will be on hand to answer questions from interested residents. The meeting will run from 6-7 p.m. at district headquarters, 565 N.W. Holly Street in Issaquah.




Seattle Times Eastside bureau