It all depends just what will get packed in to it. PSE's High Voltage 6 ' diameter and 120' high poles and lines with their need to keep the surface clear of trees? Light Rail zooming by and their need for wires and all? Hwy. 405 expanding the freeway creating 30 foot retaining walls?
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.
County survey crews are working along the corridor to get detailed 3D information that they need to begin the design process.
The County is working on the trail master planning & environmental through the end of 2016. The end of 2014 will be a major review point. The County’s Architectural & Engineering firm for the trail is Parametrix and started March 2014.
The County will have a formal Advisory committee to obtain public input. They have also hired PRR to do the public relations. Actual design begins end of 2016.
On 4/2/14, the County's Master Trail plan was reviewed. We would question the Cointy's assertion of fee ownership and reference to the legitimacy of PSE and Sound transit's easements, see; otherwise this provides a comprehensive look at both the plan and status of the Trail. See below for the presentation.
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.