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Trail Description

King County is planning 16.7 miles of new regional trail that will connect the Eastside like never before and provide the cities of Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, and Redmond with new opportunities for non-motorized recreation and transportation.  The opportunities are many, whether it is expanding our transportation options, creating economic and cultural opportunities, protecting natural resources, maintaining access to scenic vistas, or providing recreation around the beautiful Northwest.

 Want updated construction information?

Visit the Project Information by Segment section to view the latest in design, outreach, technical reports and more. We'll keep all our Eastside Rail Corridor neighbors and stakeholders up to date as construction progresses.


 New to the trail?

Visit the Trail History section to learn more about the trail's history, resources about the project history, or watch a video describing the projects scope and timeline.


 Did you know our trails often host events?

See the What's Happening on the Trail section to know about events happening on the trail or in the area. Our trails are used by commuters and recreational users alike. They are also often the site for cycling races, informational walks, fun runs, 5ks, and more!


 Be a part of the trails community!

The Eastside Rail Corridor, much like all of our Regional Trails System trails, is a work in progress requiring constant management and upkeep. We always welcome constructive suggestion about trail maintenance, or safety from our users. Be sure to let us know if you see something on the trail that you think we can improve.

Related agencies

Future trails of the Eastside Rail Corridor

  ERC Trail Planning Study Area


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Questions? Comments?
Hotline: 1-888-668-4886
Email: Erica.Jacobs@kingcounty.gov
www.parksfeedback.com


What's Happening on the Trail?

Eastside Rail Corridor event

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Enlivening Wilburton: Trailside Cafe, was a pop-up outdoor cafe where rails become a trail and for one evening a rail corridor was transformed into a lively community gathering place, setting the vision for this as a future location of an iconic community space. The cafe served to "activate" the undeveloped space and inspire the community with the vision of its transformation, in the context of a fun and creative catered outdoor event. Check out our King County Parks Flickr page for more images from the event.


Trail History

Take a virtual tour of the Eastside Rail Corridor!With this interactive Story Map, created by Trust for Public Land in partnership with King County Parks, you can tour each segment of the corridor and zoom into view features of the surrounding landscape and community amenities in close proximity to the ERC.

Want to see one of the most exciting and iconic segments of the trail? Check out this bird's eye view of the historic Wilburton Trestle:

High above the Wilburton trestle from King County DNRP on Vimeo.

Why is King County developing the Eastside Rail Corridor?

The Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) connects some of King County's largest and fastest growing communities. In its entirety, the ERC is a 42-mile rail corridor that will offer recreation and transportation opportunities to the residents of Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Redmond and portions of unincorporated King and Snohomish Counties.

The trail would connect commercial districts, residential neighborhoods, employments centers, and transit hubs. It would link several significant regional trails that are currently not connected, and when complete, be the most heavily used trail coridor on the eastside.

With a deisgn similar to the Sammamish River Trail or the Burke-Gilman Trail, the ERC would connect the Eastside's largest communities and employers. The trail would become part of the everday experience for thousands of King County residents for commute trips, trips from home and school, trips to the store, and for recreation.

A trail for the community – At the end of planning, outreach, and environmental multi-use process, a prefered alternative for the Trail Master Plan was identified and approved. King County began finalizing the plans on the type of use, location, alignment, and width of the trail to establish King County Parks regional trail standard.

Design and construction of the Eastside Rail Corridor will continue to adhere to the agreements made in the early planning phase, outlined in the Master Plan, to provide a safe, multi-use regional trail for bicyclists, pedestrians, joggers, skaters, strollers, wheelchairs, and users of all ages and abilities.

Project Information by Segment:


Location: renton to I-90

Design/Construction update: Preferred Alternative is on the railbed. The on-railbed alignment is slightly modified in some locations, shifting or widening slightly to avoid or minimize environmental impacts, improve neighbor privacy in a residential setting, or to improve trail experience.

Funding for this segment is provided by the voter-approved 2008-2013 Open Space and Trails Levy and voter-approved the 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy. King County Parks is eligible for an additional $1.25 million in grant funding from federal and state sources.

See below for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

Recent Activity:

Nov 9, 2016 - Design is complete for the removal of rails and for installation of a gravel interim trail from the south end of the Cross Kirkland Corridor at 108th Ave NE in Bellevue all the way to the north end of Gene Coulon Park in Renton. The interim trail will be open for use by spring of 2017.


Design:

Released design documents will be posted here for public review once available.

Guides:  Review general design guides about the project here -

Technical Reports: Check back here to review all technical reports for this segment once available.

Public Outreach:

All public outreach, including neighborhood meeting summaries, homeowner notification letters, construction updates, and news releases will be posted here as the project progresses.

Location: I-90 to 108th Ave. NE

Design/Construction Update: The Preferred Alternative for the southern part of the segment, south of NE 8th Street, is on the railbed. North of NE 8th Street, where transit uses are being planned by Sound Transit, such as for East Link Light Rail, and proposed future light rail alignment plans from Bellevue to south Kirkland under ST3, the Preferred Alternative is either off-railbed or a modified off railbed profile that seeks to minimize costs and impacts while providing opportunities for optimized co-location of the trail with the future transit alignment

See below for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports, guides, and other project documents.

Recent Activity

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will build a landscaped bike/pedestrian bridge across the southbound lanes of I-405 to reconnect a missing section of the Eastside Rail Corridor that was removed when the freeway was widened in 2008. This section, known as the “Wilburton Gap” is a key component in the overall connectivity of ERC Regional Trail. King County Parks is partnering with WSDOT and the City of Bellevue on the design of the bridge, which is scheduled to be constructed by 2020 as part of the state’s I-405 Renton to Bellevue Project.


Design:

Released design documents will be posted here for public review once available.

Guides:  Review general design guides about the project here -

Technical Reports: Check back here to review all technical reports for this segment once available.

Public Outreach:

All public outreach, including neighborhood meeting summaries, homeowner notification letters, construction updates, and news releases will be posted here as the project progresses.

Location: north Kirkland to Woodinville

Design/Construction Update: Where there are no plans for use of the railbed by our partner owners, Sound Transit and Puget Sound Energy, the Preferred Alternative is on the railbed where environmental impacts and costs are minimized. In some sections, such as from Slater Avenue in Kirkland to approximately 135th Avenue NE in Woodinville, the Preferred Alternative for the ERC’s Main Line is the Off-Railbed Alternative to avoid impacts to wetlands and to provide space for a Puget Sound Energy power line project. Other short sections in the Valley Segment are off railbed to avoid wetland and stream impacts, or to accommodate a short section of active freight operation in the northernmost mile of the Spur adjacent to SR202.

Recent Activity

Check back for recent activity on this segment


Design:

Released design documents will be posted here for public review once available.

Guides:  Review general design guides about the project here -

Technical Reports: Check back here to review all technical reports for this segment once available.

Public Outreach:

All public outreach, including neighborhood meeting summaries, homeowner notification letters, construction updates, and news releases will be posted here as the project progresses.

Location: from the Mainline “wye” near NE 175th St. in Woodinville to NE 124th St., connecting to the Redmond Central Connector.

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Funding for this segment was provided by the voter-approved 2008-2013 Open Space and Trails Levy and voter-approved the 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy. Other funding included the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and the state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

See below for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

Recent Activity

Check back for recent activity on this segment


Design:

Released design documents will be posted here for public review once available.

Guides:  Review general design guides about the project here -

Technical Reports: Check back here to review all technical reports for this segment once available.

Public Outreach:

All public outreach, including neighborhood meeting summaries, homeowner notification letters, construction updates, and news releases will be posted here as the project progresses.