Updated: Monday, July 22, 2013
The supplemental state transportation budget (ESHB 2190 Sec.213(4)), approved by the legislature in March, 2012 required the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to transfer ownership of the Apple Capitol Loop Trail (ACLT) that is within the City of East Wenatchee and Douglas County, to them. In June, 2013 the trail portions of all the ACLT parcels between the pipeline/pedestrian bridge and 19 th Street were transferred to the City of East Wenatchee and the portions of the trail parcels from the Odabashian Bridge to 19 th Street were transferred to Douglas County.
The transfer to the City of East Wenatchee totaled approximately 23 acres. Approximately 44 acres was transferred to Douglas County. WSDOT will retain about 16.5 acres for current and future storm water treatment areas needed for future phases of the Eastside Corridor construction planned on Sunset Highway (SR 28), leaving about 77 acres to be declared surplus and sold.
WSDOT spent the last year finalizing the legal descriptions for the trail, trail heads and parking areas and establishing easements at various locations for irrigation lines, storm water pipes, utilities and any other necessary current and future accesses, prior to the transfer. The formal transfer of the trail was completed in June, marked by a signing ceremony on the 25th.
Now that the transfer is complete and funding needed to pay for the legal and leg work secured, the process required for selling the parcels of the remaining surplus properties has now begun.
It will be at least several months before the first of the parcels can be offered for sale.
In the left column, links to maps of the trail segments show the portions of right of way that will be surplused.