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Coming soon: Ferry, street projects | Mayor's Message

 

Last updated 7/8/2015 at Noon



Anyone who has lived in the Northwest for a while knows one thing about summer: It usually means road construction.

Well, this summer, Mukilteo is no exception, as two important transportation projects begin. I wanted to give you an update on the work we are doing and share some exciting news about future projects, as well.

The biggest and most noticeable transportation project that is beginning work is the construction of a new ferry terminal on our waterfront. This summer, that project begins by removing part of the old Government Pier at the Tank Farm.

As with all construction projects, this one will be noisy and bit disruptive, but it’s the first step in reclaiming our waterfront for our community.

You can sign up for updates and find out more information by emailing Laura Bissioniere at Washington State Ferries at labssl@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov.

The state Legislature recently passed a transportation revenue bill that will fully fund the new terminal construction, so for the first time in decades, we know this project will be completed.

The city is currently working on our Waterfront Master Plan, so that we have a clear vision for our new waterfront, as the ferry terminal moves to its new location at the end of this decade.

The other construction project that you may notice will take place on our own city streets. I heard loud and clear from residents that chip seal doesn’t work for our community, and so I directed our Public Works team to look for better alternatives.

This month, we will pilot a new technology that should deliver a better quality street surface at about the same cost as chip seal.

The new technology is called “bonded wearing course” and it involves laying a thin coat of asphalt on top of the existing street surface. This new asphalt is expected to last twice as long as a chip seal would, and doesn’t have the side effects of tar and loose rocks.

While the technology is new to Washington, it has been in use for many years in other parts of the country. I am excited to see how it works here, and I hope you will share your thoughts as you see the new pavement going in.

If you live in a neighborhood where we are using “BWC,” you have already received a mailer with information about the project.

Speaking of new pavement, I am excited to share that the transportation revenue bill that passed in the Legislature will also fund the extension of Harbour Reach Road, which would create a parallel road to the Speedway connecting Harbour Pointe Boulevard to Beverly Park Road.

Our engineering estimates show that this secondary access will help relieve traffic on the Speedway at rush hour, plus it ensures a secondary access route for emergency vehicles and residents alike.

This new project will take many years to build, but with funding in place, we finally know this project will become a reality. We are very fortunate to have a strong team of legislators representing us in Olympia to ensure this project was funded.

Sen. Marko Liias and Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self both serve on the Transportation Committees, and Rep. Strom Peterson made sure to let his colleagues know this project was a priority. This is a huge investment for Mukilteo.

We have a lot more work to do, even with these encouraging developments. That is why the city is forming a Transportation Task Force that will begin meeting this month.

We need to make sure that these projects are not the only ones that get built, and that we maintain the system that we have: We have many more needs all across our community.

I hope you will share your thoughts with the task force as they conduct their work.

One final note, Fire Chief Chris Alexander wanted me to remind you that the hot weather means the risk of heat stroke is more serious.

Make sure you stay hydrated, find a cool place like the Rosehill Community Center if you don’t have good ventilation at home, and check on vulnerable friends and neighbors to make sure they’re OK, too.

I hope to see you at the Farmers Market or down at the beach. Feel free to say Hi.

 

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