Amazon is contributing $7.5 million to help King County Parks complete two segments of the 42-mile Eastrail bike and pedestrian trail, including the 1,000-foot-long Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue, County Executive Dow Constantine announced Monday.
The total cost to convert the 100-foot-tall trestle into a segment of Eastrail is $32 million. Amazon is giving $5 million to complete the trestle and $2.5 million to complete the nearby Wilburton Trail segment. The segments are expected to be completed in 2024.
Eastrail, stretching from Renton to Snohomish County, also will connect to four Sound Transit East Link light rail stations.
The trestle, built in 1904 Northern Pacific Railway and owned by King County since 2013, will offer skyline views of Bellevue, connections to other regional trails, and will be an icon for Eastrail, according to a news release from Constantine’s office.
"Amazon's contribution puts us over the top, providing the remaining funds we need to restore and transform the iconic Wilburton Trestle into an elevated trail connected to high-capacity transit," Constantine said in the release. "The successful partnership to add the century-old trestle to our growing regional trail network shows that we are most effective when we mobilize the efforts of public and private sectors to achieve shared goals."
Patrick Miller, Amazon's director of global real Estate and facilities for the Puget Sound region, added, "Amazon is excited to help complete these two key segments on the Eastrail and bring this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reality. It is an honor to be part of this public-private partnership and we appreciate our collaboration with King County and all of the public agencies involved."
When it’s eventually completed, Eastrail will comprise a trail from Renton to Snohomish County with a spur to Redmond. It will be the north-south spine of Leafline, a Central Puget Sound regional trail network connecting King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties, the release said.
King County Parks, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation, is scheduled to open another 2.5-mile segment of Eastrail this fall, connecting Renton to Bellevue and featuring three waterfront parks along Lake Washington. Eastrail will connect to Interstate 90 and the State Route 520 trails with additional trail connections coming online as more Eastrail segments are completed, according to the release.