Dowtown Redmond

Redmond Central Connector Phase 1

Central Connector Rendering
Concept Sample 1

Rendering Sample 2

Project Phase: In Construction
Estimated Timeline: Fall 2012 - Summer 2013


Concept Sample 2
Concept Sample 3


The Redmond Central Connector will redefine Downtown Redmond and connect the City’s historic downtown with its Town Center area for the first time. The City has grown from its historic logging town into an urban center and the redevelopment of the vacant railroad corridor will transform the downtown core to bring new commercial, retail, and office opportunities, new jobs, and new visitors to the area.

Project Elements

  • Construct a 1.1 mile regional trail and 12 acre linear park that integrates the landscape art and historical effects,
  • Develop a connected transportation network of streets, sidewalks, urban bicycle facilities, and a trail connecting to more than
  • 60 mile regional trail system, and
  • Encourage light rail transit and accommodate local and regional utilities.

The implementation of this project has been a goal of the City since the concept of acquiring the railroad right of way for trail use was developed into policies that were adopted in the 1997 Comprehensive Plan. The City ultimately acquired the railroad right of way in 2010 and immediately began a public process to envision concepts for the Redmond Central Connector. This resulted in a master plan that was adopted in 2011.


  • Start Fall 2012, complete Summer 2013
  • Connection to the Existing Bear Creek Trail and Sammamish River Trail
  • Installation of a full traffic signal at 170th Ave NE and NE 76th St
  • Implementation of a four (4) way stop at 166th Ave NE and NE 76th St
  • Trail crossing at 164 Ave NE 
  • Installation of flashing beacon for trail crossing at Leary Way NE

Redmond Central Connector Phase II

Location: End of Phase I, east of Sammamish River to 9900 Block along Willows Road near Overlake Christian Church.  Phase II Map

Project Phase: Design
Estimated Timeline:
  • Begin Design Spring 2013
  • Construction Start 2014
  • Construction Complete December 2014
Description: This project will extend a regional paved trail 1.2 miles north of the Phase I project, across the Sammamish River and 154 Ave NE trestles and along Willows Road.  The project will provide safe pedestrian crossings of streets and driveways.

Contact Us CONTACT

Mike Haley, PE
Project Manager



RCC Phase II RFP Presentation 


Design of Phase 1
(Downtown Mile)

Commissioned Art for the Project

Final Plans - Bid Documents

Plan Set
Specifications Part 1
Specifications Part 2

Easement Map

Bridge Inspection Report

Final Master Plan

Online Review Version

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Appendix A - Infrastructure Alignment Plan
Appendix A.1
Appendix A.2
Appendix A.3
Appendix A.4
Appendix A.5
Appendix A.6
Appendix A.7
Appendix B - Planning Review
Appendix C - Art Integration
Appendix D - Public Involvement Summary
Appendix E - Trolley Study
Appendix F - SEPA Checklist
Appendix G - Cost Estimate


Planning Commission 95% Design - July 11, 2012
Final Master Plan Summary - May 2011
Presentation to City Council - Apr 12, 2011
Historical Society on Draft Master Plan - Apr 5, 2011
Arts Commission Meeting on Draft Master Plan - Mar 10, 2011
Public Meeting on Draft Master Plan Design - Jan 27, 2011
Planning Commission Meeting on Draft Master Plan - Jan 26, 2011
Joint Commission
Meeting about Conceptual Design - Dec 2, 2010
Public Meeting on Conceptual Design - Nov 15, 2010
Council Study Session
on Infrastructure Alignment Plan - Oct 12, 2010
Council Study Session on Infrastructure Alignment Plan - Sep 14, 2010 
Presentation to Parks & Trails Commission with Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee and Planning Commission - Visioning Process - Sep 2, 2010 
Presentation to Planning Commission - Master Plan Overview - Aug 18, 2010 
City Council Presentation - Mar 9, 2010

Background Information

BNSF Video
Memorandum of Understanding to Acquire BNSF Corridor November 2009 
Downtown East-West Corridor Study (transportation projects in the Corridor)


BNSF Corridor 
Downtown Study Area
Sammamish Valley Study Area 


Sound Transit East Link Environmental Impact Statement