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December 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Kirkland agrees to buy rail corridor

The Kirkland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to buy part of an abandoned rail corridor with hopes of turning it into a biking and hiking trail.

The city will pay the Port of Seattle $5 million for a 5 3/4-mile segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor running from the South Kirkland Park and Ride off Highway 520 to the Totem Lake commercial area. Stormwater utility funds and a loan from utility capital reserves will fund the purchase, with the loan to be repaid from other city funds.

City officials haven’t yet adopted a funding plan or schedule for building a trail.

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