North Times Briefly
County Purchases Trail Right Of Way
Times North Bureau
trail right of way
Snohomish County yesterday paid in full for the right of way for the first 15 1/2 miles of a proposed 44-mile trail from the King County line to Skagit County.
In the county executive's conference room, county officials handed Burlington Northern Railroad representatives a check for $342,300, the balance owed after a $40,000 earnest money payment earlier this year, said Mike Parman, a senior parks planner.
The abandoned railroad right of way runs 15 1/2 miles from Snohomish to Arlington.
Parman said the county still is negotiating with owners of the remaining two miles of the Snohomish-Arlington stretch, called the Centennial Trail. The county also is talking with Burlington Northern about buying more right of way north of Arlington, he said, and planners are looking into possibilities for extending the trail south to King County.
Construction work on the first 17 1/2 miles of trail is expected to start in the spring, Parman said. The county plans to replace several bridges and build a 12-foot-wide pathway.
Until then, however, county residents still can use parts of the trail. Parman said residents can call the Parks and Recreation Department at 388-3415 or 339-1208 with questions about the trail.
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