County Seeks Input on Trails

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The County's Trail Master Plan site will be increasingly of interest to residents.

new 6/17

The County is utilizing the Environmental Impact Statement Process because the project passes through multiple jurisdictions, grades, shorelines, and enables broad input (see the overview graphic below).

​Although the Open Houses with display boards have been concluded, input may be done online here before 7/17.

​In September, interactive workshops will be held so that different interest groups can hear each other's concerns.

  It all depends upon just what will get packed in to it.  PSE's high voltage 6' diameter and 85' high poles and lines with their need to keep the surface clear of trees?  Light rail zooming by every 20 minutes and their need for wires?  Hwy 405 expanding the freeway creating 30' high retaining walls?  Freight trains?  New water lines, limiting other uses?
  Most all area mayors and councilmembers have bought in to a multi-use corridor without knowing what it will actually look like.  The County has the responsibility and the goal to build a world class trail and will need our support and cooperation.
  See the diagram below and the ERC RAC tab for the nightmare of what this could become without intervention.


revised 6/25

City of Kirkland has removed the rails and built an Interim Trail..
Bellevue Takes a Big Step

  On 12/1, Bellevue City Council included in the budget for next year: 

“purchase or lease of a portion of the abandoned BNSF railroad corridor ($1 million)”

  Although there are no specific plans on what parcel needs to be purchased, it is an indication of City commitment to be part of the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Committee and be a player in the issue.

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"Encroachments" and "Special Use Fees 

There are many, many areas of the corridor where over the past one hundred years, residents have "encroached" upon the designated railroad right of way.  The County clearly intends to claim the full width even though it isn't required for the trail.  Major segments of roadways are in the ROW and the County will attempt to assert "Special Use Fees."  This issue will need to be resolved in the courts.  The County's analysis of these constraints may be viewed here.

Below, Interurban "Trail" -- no thanks!

Issue: Design trail for users & residents

new 6/17

What are some of the concerns of those who live along the corridor?
  • parking by trail users interfering with residents
  • crime, both on the trail and against adjoining property owners (ease of casing, ease of escape with the trail)
  • noise
  • ​trespass on to private property, especially trying to access the waterfront
  • ​build on the current RR bed to limit impact, reduce cost, and speed the process
  • ​vehicle crossing delays by trail traffic

new 6/17

What will our trail look like?