Redmond and Sound Transit announced they’ve figured out how to pay for another bike-pedestrian bridge over Highway 520, connecting residents and workers to the future Overlake Village light-rail station.
It should reduce walking distances by as much as a mile, thus making rail transit more popular, said Mayor John Marchione.
The $20 million project will be city-funded, but Redmond is getting about one-third of that amount from outside grants. The budget includes money for a nearby stormwater-infiltration vault that will hold runoff until it drains into the soil.
This bridge will be southwest of another $33 million, Microsoft-funded bridge over 520 into the Overlake Transit Center, at the Microsoft campus. Both bridges are to open in 2020, three years before Link light-rail trains reach the Eastside.
The Overlake Village site serves retail shops and housing southwest of Microsoft, while the entire route between Overlake and downtown Bellevue is designed to support rapid development. Sound Transit is predicting Eastside ridership of 50,000 passengers per weekday by 2030.