Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Interurban Trail Construction Starts Next Week
9/22/2005 3:20:00 PM
Stuart Goldsmith, Project Manager, (206) 615-0860
Norm Mah (206) 684-8114
Seattle - The City will soon be another trail closer to reaching Mayor Nickels’ goal of making Seattle the most bike-friendly city in the nation. Beginning next week, the week of September 26, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin building a new section of the Interurban Trail from N 110th to N 128th streets in the Seattle City Light transmission corridor just west of the Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery. Work is expected to be finished by year’s end, weather permitting.
The Interurban Trail is an evolving regional trail system that, when completed, will extend from Seattle to Everett. The trail follows the route used by the Interurban Trolley that ran between Ballard and Bellingham in the first few decades of the 20th Century. When the rail line was abandoned in 1939, the corridor remained in use as a power line corridor.
Planning for the regional trail began more than 25 years ago, and since the 1990s numerous sections of the trail have been constructed and opened for use in Shoreline, Edmonds, Montlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and Everett.
This project will include: a 12-foot-wide asphalt path with gravel shoulders; landscaped trail heads at 110th and 128th; a secondary entrance at the N 117th Street end; and a marked crosswalk at N 125th Street. In addition, the Office for Arts and Cultural Affairs is planning to fund the creation of artwork to be located near the trail head at N 128th Street.
There should be no significant construction impacts or disruptions to the community during the work. However, the City Light right-of-way will not be available for public use during construction.
The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.