The City of Woodinville is pleased to announce the inclusion of $5M for State Route 202 capacity and safety improvements near the SR 522 interchange in “Move Ahead Washington,” the state transportation package recently signed into law by Governor Inslee.
For several years, the City of Woodinville has been planning to make a significant investment in state-owned roads near the SR 522/SR 202 interchange to alleviate traffic congestion and facilitate connection of a trail for pedestrians and cyclists through downtown Woodinville connecting to neighboring cities of Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell and beyond.
The newly announced $5 million in state funding will be used to expand the portion of SR 202 just south of SR 522 between NE 175th Street and NE 177th Place and replace the out-of-commission train trestle currently constricting the flow of traffic. The City plans to reconfigure the trestle to support the new regional non-motorized trail known as Eastrail, nearby portions of which are already under construction. This project will follow the Sammamish River Bridge rebuild and other recent improvements to roads in this area towards which the City of Woodinville has already invested $16.5 million.
Improving safety and mobility access in downtown Woodinville has been a priority for the City of Woodinville as many new families are anticipated to move into newly constructed multi-use and residential downtown developments in the next five years.
“The City of Woodinville commends every leader that stepped up to advocate for Eastrail, acknowledging the project as an important link between eastside communities that fosters healthy activities, non-motorized transportation, and recreation for all,” said Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman. “Building on existing local funding and collaboration among public and private partners, this injection of state funds springboards construction on several missing gaps in the project. In particular, the State Route 202 Trestle retrofit has been a longstanding barrier but now the full vision for expanded trail access through Woodinville can be realized.”
The City of Woodinville would like to thank Eastrail Partners as well as Senator Manka Dhingra and other 45th district lawmakers for their support on this and other projects designed to facilitate important connections along Eastrail. Their efforts will make it easier and safer to walk and roll on the Eastside and will help reduce carbon emissions through connections to transit as our region continues to grow.