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Interurban Trail Project

Interurban Trail Project

Revised August 12, 2007

Interurban Trail Completion Celebrated
Mayor Greg Nickels and the Seattle Department of Transportation celebrated the completion of the Interurban Trail between North 110th Street and North 128th Street on March 18, 2006.

At North 125th Street looking north At North 117th looking south At North 125th looking south

Press Release: City No Longer Waiting for the Interurban

This project includes:
* A 12 foot wide asphalt trail with gravel shoulders from North 110th to 128th in the Seattle City Light transmission line just west of the Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery.

* Landscaped trail heads at 110th and 128th and a secondary entrance at the 117th street end

* A marked crosswalk at North 125th

In addition, the Office for Arts and Cultural Affairs is planning to fund creation of an art piece for placement near the trail head at North 128th. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting prospect.

Other than a small increase in truck traffic and perhaps occasional, brief delays where the trail intersects 125th, we do not anticipate any significant construction impacts or disruptions to the broader community during this period. Please note, however, that the City Light right-of-way will not be available for public use during construction.

Project Background
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 of the regional Interurban Trail the began more than 25 years ago. In Snohomish County, work on the trail started in the 1990's, with a major portion of it completed by 1995.

With the award of federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) funding in 1996 to many of the jurisdictions along the Interurban corridor, numerous sections of the trail have been constructed and are open for use in Edmonds, Montlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Everett and Shoreline (including a section of trail just north of the Seattle city limits between N.145th and 155th Streets).

In 2001, the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light reached agreement on developing a trail from N. 110th to N. 128th in the electrical transmission line corridor in the Broadview-Bitter Lake neighborhood.


Community Involvement
Two major community events have been held in the community. An Open House was held January, 2003 at the Broadview-Thompson Elementary School to introduce the basic project plan and solicit comments from citizens. Over 100 people attended with a substantial majority expressing support for the project. In February, 2004 a Community Meeting was held in same location to give interested citizens the opportunity to review the trail design before it was finalized. Over 80 people attended the meeting, which included presentations by City of Seattle staff as well as City of Shoreline staff, who gave an overview of their plans to extend the trail northward. On the whole, the project design was well-received by those attending the meeting.

Information for Property Owners located adjacent to the trail

Links To Environmental Review Documentation

SEPA Environmental Checklist (PDF format)

SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) (PDF format)


Questions about the project should be directed to:

Phone: (206) 684-7583

If you have general questions, please contact Peg Nielsen in the Communications Office at (206) 684-8114, or by e-mail at

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