Interurban Trail link complete
A new section of the Seattle-to-Everett trail runs from Terrace to Shoreline
Chris Goodenow / For The Herald
A bicyclist rides down a new section of the Interurban Trail on the 7400 block of McAleer Way in Edmonds on May 31.
Chris Goodenow / For The Herald Neighbors Susan Swartz (left) and Mark Burns, both of Edmonds, walk their dogs, Titan (from left), a 21-month-old male golden retriever; Bella, a 3-year-old female golden retriever and English settler mix; and Reno, a 3-year-old female golden retriever, on a new section of the Interurban Trail, on May 31 in the 7400 block of McAleer Way in Edmonds.
A nearly half-mile portion of the Edmonds trail includes a 12-foot-wide paved path, with landscaping, benches, historical markers, a bicycle rack, a shelter and an informational kiosk, said Carrie Hite, parks and recreation director for the city of Edmonds.
Bike lanes were added to 76th Avenue W., along the residential part of Edmonds' 1.37-mile section.
Design elements give a tip of the hat to the trail's railroad roots. Simulated rails run through the trail's surface in the plaza area, Ballinger Station. That area is reminiscent of an old train station and serves as a rest stop with a drinking fountain, a shelter and a bench along with historical panels telling the story of the Interurban Trolley which ran from Seattle to Everett until 1939.
The total trail runs 30 miles from North Seattle to Everett.
Construction of the Edmonds segment began in September. The Edmonds project's budget is $1.8 million. More than $1 million came from state and federal grants.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for June 19 to mark the segment's completion with final parts of the project still being completed.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. June 19 for the completion of the Edmonds Interurban Trail. The event is planned to be held at Ballinger Station rest plaza, at 76th Avenue W. and McAleer Way.
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