Railroad crossing near Woodinville to get upgrades

The county once planned to develop a park with ball fields, but backed off after the locals resisted.

Snohomish County will soon make a second attempt to improve a railroad crossing near Woodinville, incorporating some aspects of an older plan that died with its vision for a park.

Improvements to the 240th Street SE railroad crossing, east of Snohomish Woodinville Road, were originally slated for construction last year. However, bids came in higher than expected.

With a second grant in hand, the county is preparing to advertise the project again this fall. Construction would start in 2019.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Rail Crossing Safety Program awarded $417,620 to the project. The grant supplements a previously received $144,000 grant, awarded by WSDOT’s Freight Rail Assistance Program.

Improvements are to include updating the rail crossing, installing a reinforced crossing, upgrading existing pedestrian facilities and adding sidewalks to connect with the existing sidewalk on the north side of the road.

That incorporates some of the improvements envisioned during planning for the now-defunct Wellington Hills County Park. The county once planned to develop a regional park there with lighted ball fields, but backed off after facing local resistance. The county sold the property to the Northshore School District in 2017 for $11.2 million.

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