Bothell trestle to get facelift this summer
by Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News staff
BOTHELL--The upgrade of the old Bothell trestle to a pedestrian and bicycle link to Blyth Park could start as early as this June, allowing Burke-Gilman Trail users to cross over to Blyth Park by September.
The City of Bothell and King County finalized their inter-local agreement last week, with the city paying approximately $53,000, or one-third of the cost, for the upgrade.
"After last winter's tragic crime when a teenager drowned after being intentionally pushed off this trestle, I immediately ordered the trestle either torn down or an agreement negotiated with Bothell to pay part of the costs of improvements," said King County Executive Gary Locke.
"Without Bothell sharing the cost, it would have been cheaper for King County to tear it down," Locke said. "By pooling our resources, we are able to create this link between the most popular stretch of our regional trail system and Bothell's most popular park."
King County will be adding a concrete deck and vertical steel fencing to the trestle and paving paths to the Burke-Gilman Trail and Blyth Park.
The cost of the project is only slightly more than the combined cost of King County demolishing the trestle and Bothell relocating its sewer line, which runs beneath the trestle deck.
"The City of Bothell is appreciative of King County's decision to provide improvements to the Sammamish Slough Trestle in a fashion that substantially completes a very important link in the trail system to Bothell," said Bothell Mayor John Curtin. "I especially wish to thank County Executive Gary Locke, as well as the county's Parks Department, for their cooperation and obvious care for our community."
Nearly one million people walk, run, or bike on the Burke-Gilman trail between Woodinville and Lake Forest park each year. A 1995 survey found approximately 7,000 people use the path each summer weekend and between 1,900 and 2,800 people use the trail each weekday.
The City Council is expected to approve the City's $53,000 share of the project at their May 20 meeting. King County will hold a community meeting so neighbors and area residents can review the design of the planned improvements.