What will happen to the trestle?
King County Parks is in charge of the Bothell trestle and is looking at several options for ways to prevent future tragedies.
Craig Larsen, King County Parks director, says they've put up fences more than a dozen times in the past few years, only to have them torn down.
"Some have lasted a day, some a week," said Larsen. "The last [fences] we put up were welded to the trestle and lasted about 24 hours. We then decided to put up the 'No trespassing' sign and work with the city to monitor it, shooing off people we found on the trestle."
The problem, Larsen says, is controlling the use after hours.
There is a sewer line running beneath the trestle, making it a more expensive capital improvements project for the parks department should they need to relocate the line. Because of the line, City of Bothell and county officials are looking at less expensive options for making the trestle safer.
One option is to build a chain link cage on the sides and above the trestle, similar to the one found at Carkeek Park north of Ballard.
Another option would be to relocate the sewer line and demolish the bridge, or add concrete rails and decking to the bridge, upgrading the trail access to Blyth Park.
City of Bothell and county officials will be meeting this week to discuss what to do.
The trestle is popular with area youth in the summer as a jumping place, where in the past as many as 15 teenagers could be found lounging or getting ready to take the plunge into the Sammamish Slough.