A fire Monday destroyed a wooden pedestrian bridge over Kelsey Creek, in the 14000 block of Northeast Bellevue-Redmond Road. No one was hurt...

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A fire Monday destroyed a wooden pedestrian bridge over Kelsey Creek, in the 14000 block of Northeast Bellevue-Redmond Road.

No one was hurt in the fire, which started about 9:20 a.m. and engulfed the 73-foot-long bridge, said Bellevue fire Lt. Bruce Kroon. The cause is under investigation.

The bridge, built in 1986, connects a parking lot with the Creekside Office Park. The structure was insured for $50,000 and is considered a total loss, Kroon said.

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Civil liberties topic

of community forum

The League of Women Voters of Seattle will host a community discussion about civil liberties on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Room N201.

The forum, “Local Voices: Conversations on Civil Liberties and Homeland Security,” is aimed at fostering debate and gathering public input about the issues. Findings from this and other similar discussions around the nation will be analyzed, compared and compiled in a report to be submitted to Congress before it debates provisions in the U.S. Patriot Act, which is up for renewal this fall.

For more information about the project, call 206-329-4848 or visit www.seattlelwv.org.


Harris Creek Bridge

to get replacement

King County will accelerate construction this month on a replacement for the Harris Creek Bridge on Kelly Road Northeast near Duvall.

The aging span has rotting timbers and rusting support beams. It is east of Kelly Road Northeast at Big Rock Road. That stretch of Kelly will close Monday for up to four months while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be detoured via 322nd Avenue Northeast, Northeast 139th Street, Odell Road and Big Rock Road.

For more information, visit www.metrokc.gov/kcdot/roads/cip/projectdetail.aspx?cipid=200200


Lake Sammamish

to get new floats

Boating projects in eight counties landed grants totaling more than $4 million from the state Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.

King County’s share, $346,000, will replace six boat-launch floats at Lake Sammamish State Park that serve more than 500 boats on a busy summer weekend. The floats are more than 30 years old and do not meet safety standards. The new floats will be 60 feet long rather than 40 to provide more room for loading and unloading, and reduce waits between launches.

The committee evaluates and distributes the grants, which are funded with a portion of the gasoline tax paid by boaters.


Grants to support

schools, organizations

The Lake Washington branch of the American Association of University Women recently awarded $6,700 in grants to 10 Eastside schools and organizations. The money will be used for education, equity and community activities.

Grant winners included the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Hopelink, Maple Hills Elementary School in Renton, Redmond Elementary, Washington Women in Need, Children’s Response Center of Bellevue, Lakeview Elementary in Kirkland, the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club, IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution) and the Expanding Your Horizons programs for high-school and middle-school girls.