Interurban Trail link complete

  • Thu Jun 7th, 2012 6:18pm
  • News

By Mina Williams For The Herald

EDMONDS — The missing link of the Interurban Trail in the city has finally been completed, running for more than a mile and connecting previously completed trails in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace.

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.

Trail celebration

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.