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Legislation linking an important segment of the ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ that will connect the cities of Renton, Tukwila, Burien and SeaTac – then end in Des Moines – received unanimous approval by the Metropolitan King County Council on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, was approved by the Council at its Oct. 20 meeting. It authorizes an agreement between King County and the City of SeaTac and the City of Burien to design and build a trail along Des Moines Memorial Drive that will connect both cities. The trail between the two cities will be part of the Lake to Sound Trail, a 16.9-mile pedestrian and cycling trail.

“This completes one of the missing links in the project between Burien and SeaTac,” said Dave Upthegrove. “I am excited to see us continue to build out this important regional trail system in South King County.”

King County will design and construct the trail while SeaTac and Burien will own and maintain the trail. King County Parks Levy funds, plus a $1.46 million federal grant, will pay for construction.

“The Lake to Sound Trail will be a wonderful regional and local recreational asset, and a great example of partnership across jurisdictional and community lines,” Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak said.

In March of 2015, construction will start in Burien at 176th Street and Normandy Road and move north along Des Moines Memorial Drive to 156th Street in SeaTac. The entire project will be completed in February of 2016.

“As a city focused on being a healthy community, SeaTac is excited about bringing this major regional trail through our city,” said Mayor Mia Gregerson. “With the proximity to Light Rail and major bus routes, we see it as a prime opportunity to bring more people on bikes and on foot through our community to see all we have to offer as well as a great new asset for our residents.”

When complete, the Lake-to-Sound Trail will run from Renton through Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, and eventually connect to the Des Moines Creek Trail. It will connect South King County with the regional trail system, offering new opportunities for residents to commute, recreate, and access major light rail stations and transit hubs.

Here are some maps showing the trail’s local pathways:

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