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DelBene Announces $30 Million for Eastrail Expansion Projects in King County

Investments will support trail and infrastructure projects in Washington’s 1st Congressional District

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman DelBene (WA-01) announced that our region will receive $30 million in federal grant funding for two Eastrail expansion projects in King County. These projects include $25 million for King County to complete the final gap in the southern portion of the Eastrail, and $5 million for the City of Woodinville to complete planning to expand the Eastrail through the City.

“I’m thrilled to see $30 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law being invested into transportation projects that will improve our communities,” said DelBene. “This RAISE Grant funding will help move these projects forward, so that residents have safe, accessible paths for commuting, recreation, and transportation. I look forward to the transformative impact these projects will have.” 

Closing the Eastrail I-90 gap will better connect King County, providing a continuous 42-mile pathway from Renton to Snohomish. This project will retrofit the I-90 steel bridge and construct nearly 2 miles of paved trail, that will include a seamless link to the Mountain to Sound Greenway Trail. It will improve accessibility for non-motorized users, reduce carbon emissions by offering an alternative to single-occupancy vehicles, and bolster local economies through enhanced recreational infrastructure.

The Woodinville section of the Eastrail is a critical link for communities in East King and Snohomish Counties, connecting Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Snohomish, and Redmond. This multi-use trail and linear park project will span 1.7 miles, enhancing regional connectivity and promoting non-motorized transportation. Once completed, it will integrate seamlessly with 175 miles of existing regional trails, facilitating access to the heart of Woodinville and supporting anticipated growth in the region.

“Our congressional delegation, including Congresswoman DelBene, has delivered a victory for regional trails, climate, mobility, and opportunity,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “The Biden administration appreciates that investing in regional trails creates and connects sustainable, healthy communities with new access to high-capacity transit – and that’s what we will achieve with the RAISE Grant.”

“This exceptional trail requires exceptional partnership and community support to complete. RAISE funding for two Eastrail projects reflects the partnerships, enthusiasm, and support that we have been honored to help build,” said Eastrail Partners Executive Director Katherine Hollis. “Thank you to Congresswoman DelBene for getting out on the Eastrail with us and her unwavering support for the Eastrail effort.”

“We are beyond grateful to Congresswoman DelBene, Senator Murray, and our entire Congressional delegation for their support for this vision and their continued leadership to help secure a $5 million RAISE grant for Woodinville,” said Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman. “This grant supercharges the amazing work going on in downtown Woodinville. It will allow our city to move forward with a large multi-modal trail that will connect Woodinville residents and visitors to support a thriving local economy, provide for non-motorized and environmentally-friendly transportation options to the entire region, and create much-needed recreational opportunities for our community. It will also build upon ongoing downtown traffic relief efforts such as the trestle widening project and new grid roads.”

The projects are being awarded Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Discretionary (RAISE) Grants, which invest in critical road, rail, transit, and port projects across the country, and are funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law.

DelBene’s letter of support for the King County Parks Eastrail I-90 Gap project can be found here. DelBene’s letter of support for the Woodinville Eastrail Multi-Use Trail project can be found here.