The city of Issaquah will get federal funds to help build a one-mile trail connecting the East Lake Sammamish Trail to the East Sunset Way...

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The city of Issaquah will get federal funds to help build a one-mile trail connecting the East Lake Sammamish Trail to the East Sunset Way freeway interchange, city officials announced this week.

News of the $192,387 grant comes on the heels of an announcement last week from King County that construction on the East Lake Sammamish Trail would finally begin this year, after being tied up in contentious lawsuits for nearly a decade.

The Issaquah-High Point I-90 Regional Trail project would run along the north side of Interstate 90 from the East Lake Sammamish Trail to the Sunset interchange, filling in a missing piece of the regional trail system.

“It’s just a real vital link,” said Margaret Macleod, the city’s interagency coordinator for trails and open space.

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The project is expected to cost about $1.4 million, Macleod said. It’s an expensive trail to build because of the need to mitigate wetlands and, possibly, the north fork of Issaquah Creek, she said.

Last year, the city received $950,000 in federal transportation money for the trail through the Puget Sound Regional Council, which helps guide growth in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties.

The remaining $297,631 needed to complete the project will come from the city, additional grants, or a combination of both, said Gary Costa, the city’s transportation manager.

The design is expected to be completed this year, Costa said. He estimated that after an environmental review, construction could take about eight months to a year.

“It’s definitely going to be done by the end of 2007,” Costa said.

Sonia Krishnan: 206-515-5546