The Wilburton Trestle is the Eastside Greenway Alliance’s top funding priority because it advances our goal of Kirkland to Renton connectivity via the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) trail by 2020. The Wilburton Trestle is the largest single gap in the interim Kirkland to Renton trail, both in terms of cost and segment length. Retrofitting the Wilburton Trestle with a trail for people to walk, bike and take in the expansive views, along the full 1,000 ft Trestle which once carried Burlington Northern trains, is estimated to cost $13.2M.
As of November 2016, $5M in funding has been secured: King County and the City of Bellevue will each contribute $2M during 2017-18, and Group Health and the Puget Sound Regional Council are each contributing $500K.
In October 2016, Governor Inslee pledged a $5M capital budget request to the state legislature for the Wilburton Trestle in 2017. This progress represent the culmination of months of advocacy efforts by the Eastside Greenway Alliance around the need for a multi-agency funding collaboration and for funding commitments now to enable construction of the Trestle by 2020.