On September 6th the City of Woodinville held a Rail Spike Removal Ceremony to signal the upcoming development of a section of the Eastrail through the heart of the city.
Speakers included Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, King County Councilmember Sarah Perry, Mayor Mike Millman, and Eastrail Partners Board Member Matt Cohen.
Congresswoman DelBene delivered a $2.5M ceremonial check to the City of Woodinville for its Eastrail crossing and SR 202 widening project. DelBene secured the funds in the FY23 federal funding law. The crossing will further build out the Eastrail network, link to over 175 miles of existing regional trails, and connect to the coming Sound Transit Light Rail stations in Redmond and Bellevue.
“This investment will ensure Eastrail continues to grow and link to the coming Sound Transit
light rail stations in Redmond and Bellevue. That means this trail system will serve as an important recreational opportunity but also allow residents to commute to their jobs and other transit around our region,” said Congresswoman DelBene. “That takes cars off the road and pollution out of the air, creating healthier and safer communities. I’m so pleased I was able to secure this $2.5 million investment for Woodinville and another $1.1 million in Redmond to build out the Eastrail network.”
Councilmember Perry added, “This continuous 42-mile trail system will provide more opportunities for walking, biking, and rolling, helping us reach our climate action goals and creating diverse economic and cultural opportunities through trail-oriented development and programming. I’m looking forward to seeing our communities being connected even further through this initiative!”
We celebrate the vital leadership of the City of Woodinville and the tireless support of Rep. DelBene in converting a former rail line into a pathway through the heart of downtown Woodinville. We are excited to support Woodinville not only in completing this segment of the Eastrail but also in promoting trail-oriented development to make the trail a vibrant space for people throughout the region.