On September 6th, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) delivered a $2.5M ceremonial check to the City of Woodinville for its Eastrail crossing and SR 202 widening project. DelBene secured the funds in the FY23 federal funding law.

The crossing will further build out the Eastrail network, link to over 175 miles of existing regional trails, and connect to the coming Sound Transit Light Rail stations in Redmond and Bellevue.

The replacement of the current trestle will allow the roadway to be expanded, which will help accommodate the current and planned growth in Woodinville and address deficiencies in the highly congested SR 202 corridor.

“This investment will ensure Eastrail continues to grow and link to the coming Sound Transit light rail stations in Redmond and Bellevue. That means this trail system will serve as an important recreational opportunity but also allow residents to commute to their jobs and other transit around our region. That takes cars off the road and pollution out of the air, creating healthier and safer communities,” said DelBene. “I’m so pleased I was able to secure this $2.5 million investment for Woodinville and another $1.1 million in Redmond to build out the Eastrail network.”

“This project is a testament to all the incredible work taking place in the City of Woodinville. Congresswoman DelBene’s support of bringing sustainable and multimodal transportation options to Woodinville highlights the regional significance of this trail segment,” said Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman.

“The future Eastrail crossing over 131st Ave will allow us to create a widened and aesthetic entryway to the city creating new options for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike. Residents will soon feel traffic relief with the addition of two new lanes at the most severe bottleneck in the city. This trail is a critical step in creating new park space, parking relief, and enhanced transportation options for our neighbors” said Millman.

“I’m excited to join Congresswoman DelBene, Eastrail Partners, and the City of Woodinville in celebrating the removal of the golden rail spike,” said King County Councilmember Sarah Perry. “This continuous 42-mile trail system will provide more opportunities for walking, biking, and rolling, helping us reach our Climate Action goals and creating diverse economic and cultural opportunities through trail-oriented development and programming. I’m looking forward to seeing our communities being connected even further through this initiative!”

“Eastrail Partners celebrates the vital leadership of the City of Woodinville and the tireless support of Congresswoman DelBene in converting a former rail line into a pathway through the heart of downtown Woodinville. This addition is a key step toward unlocking the northern end of the corridor and realizing our vision to build a seamless 42 mile trail between Renton and Snohomish,” said Matthew Cohen, Board Member, Eastrail Partners. “We are excited to support Woodinville not only in completing this segment of Eastrail, but also in promoting trail-oriented development to make the trail a vibrant space for people throughout the region.”