Aubrey Davis Trail To Get Safety Upgrades
On March 2, 2021,the Mercer Island City Council approved the recommendations made by the Parks and Recreation Commission for a menu of improvements to the Mountains to Sound (I-90) Trail through Aubrey Davis Park. This paves the way for the City to get a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to design and construct these improvements.
The Parks and Recreation Commission's "Project Framework" involves working with a consultant and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop a set of "low-impact" improvements such as striping, street bypass routes, speed limits, signage, trail markings, and shoulder restoration on the portion of the trail that goes through the "Lid Park". The specifics of the improvements, their locations and designs are yet to be determined. The project is intended to improve the comfort and safety for the many people that use the trail and the park. This effort would adhere to the Aubrey Davis Park Master Plan which generally maintains the trail at its existing width in the project area.
Once the grant agreement is signed, the City will hire a consultant who is qualified to design such multi-use trail improvements. The initial 30% design will be reviewed by the public, the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council before design work continues.