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WSDOT opens new bike/pedestrian trail on SR 520 bridge

For the first time, bicyclists and pedestrians can go all the way across Lake Washington on the new bridge.

Bicyclists and pedestrians now have a new way to cross Lake Washington on the 520 bridge. The WSDOT opened the final section of a new 14-foot wide trail on the bridge on Wednesday.

"The new SR 520 bicycle pedestrian trail provides a safe and comfortable option and completes a decades-long vision," said Richard Smith, Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director. "The trail opens up so many choices - a more direct, safer, or shorter ride for commuters and different routes for weekend Lake Washington rides. It's an important step in our increasingly connected regional trail and transportation system."

Seattle bikers and walkers can get on the trail using the Lake Washington Loop, from 24th Avenue East on the south side or East Hamlin on the north. Eastsiders could use the trail before but couldn't make it all the way across until now.

WSDOT expects about 1,000 people to use the trail daily.

The completed trail connects riders and walkers to more htan 60 miles of trails on either side of the lake.