Screenshot taken of a King County video showing Wilburton Trestle

Screenshot taken of a King County video showing Wilburton Trestle

King County’s Eastside to receive major multi-modal transportation investment

Private and public investors will help build a regional biking and walking trail to mitigate traffic

A multi-modal transportation project is coming to fruition in King County’s Eastside after receiving some investment help from private and public partners.

The Eastrail project aims to convert roughly 42 miles of abandoned railway spanning across the region into walking, running and biking trails.

County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, said the vision for this project went from being a “longshot” idea to an entirely feasible one with help from private investments from companies like REI, Amazon, Facebook and Kaiser-Permanente.

She said the trail will be one part of a “robust backbone of non-motorized transportation” which will allow folks to commute to work, travel for recreation and get around the county without having to be stuck in I-405 traffic.

The trail will provide access to commercial districts, large employers, healthcare providers and to four Sound Transit East Link stations currently under construction.

Balducci said a big chunk of the $7.5 million in funding raised by private partners will be used to restore the historic Wilburton Trestle rail bridge that has sustained rotting and other degradation after years of abandonment.

She also said U.S. Rep Adam Smith (D-Wash) has earmarked additional millions in funding in the federal infrastructure bill that has yet to pass in Congress.

The project is expected to be complete by 2026.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bothell-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bothell-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Stock photo
State AG Ferguson leads effort supporting local journalism

Federal legislation offers tax credits to subscribers, businesses and news organizations

C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip (courtesy of United States Military)
King County councilmember proposes program to aid transition of Afghan interpreters who served the U.S. overseas

Program would provide job training and learning opportunities for Afghan interpreters and advisors.

Vaccinations taking place. File photo
Inslee: No ‘massive disruptions’ as worker vax rates hit 90%

A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)
Lambert removed from King County Council leadership roles

Lambert received backlash after her campaign used flyers that depicted her opponent as a puppet.

Union members picket in front of new Facebook campus in Redmond on Sept. 16 (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
Northwest Carpenters Union members vote to accept contract with AGC

The agreement comes after weeks of striking.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)
After doubling down on “racist” flyer, Lambert publicly apologizes

Apology encouraged by King County Council colleagues.

Pixabay image
School psychologist among three charged with immoral communication with a minor

Redmond detectives conducted an online predator sting using fake profiles.

Courtesy of King County Police Officers Guild
Office lacks power over King County law enforcement in misconduct investigations

Director Tamer Abouzeid presents OLEO annual report to law and justice committee on Tuesday.

Photos of drug bust and Fury the K9 unit (courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)
King County Sheriff’s Office confiscates over $1 million worth of deadly fentanyl during drug bust

With help from a search dog, officers found 97,000 fentanyl pills and eight pounds of heroin.

Most Read