Those using the Sammamish River Trail should be ready to go off the beaten path for the next few months. There will be periodic detours from May 20 to Oct. 31, due to construction on the Redmond Central Connector Trail Phase II.

Redmond Central Connector trestle bridge. Rendering courtesy City of Redmond.

Redmond Central Connector trestle bridge. Rendering courtesy City of Redmond.

Weekday morning and afternoon users will be most affected – trail detours will be limited to 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Detours only will be necessary during construction hours, and the trail will be open for normal use at the end of day. A detour map is available online.

The detours will be worth it. Once finished the RCC II will extend 1.3 miles from downtown Redmond to the 900 block of Willows Road, which includes Overlake Christian Church and DigiPen. A retrofitted former railroad trestle will carry pedestrians and cyclists over the Sammamish River Trail.

Work on the trestle over is the reason for the detours. At times, the contractor will need to work near the Sammamish River Trail, so the path will be detoured for safety.

Phase I of the connector was completed in 2013. The one-mile piece runs through downtown. The last 1.6 miles, Phase III, is not currently funded, according to the city’s website. Phase III would connect the trail to Kirkland as a more direct route to Totem Lake.