More ferry terminal updates


Last updated 12/11/2019 at 11:51am

Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Construction workers finished pouring the sidewalks along First Street Dec. 9. The pathway is now open for the public.

The Mukilteo pedestrian path officially opened to the public Dec. 9.

"It may not be a grand opening, but rather a happy reopening," WSDOT said in a news release.

The pedestrian path goes from the Sounder Train station east to the end of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. Crews just finished pouring the sidewalks along the new First Street, which was also paved recently.

For now, the pedestrian path is in a temporary configuration. It uses the sidewalk and parts of the newly paved First Street. Certain areas of the pathway will require pedestrians to step up or down a curb. Crews are still continuing to make improvements to the pathway, pouring additional sidewalks, and extending its length.

When the project is complete, this sidewalk will be a permanent path and it will be ADA compliant. First Street, which will lead to the new holding lanes and transit center, is closed to vehicles until the new terminal opens next fall. 

Crews building the marine elements of the new terminal have started working at night, as of Dec. 9. This in-water work requires welding in areas accessible only during extremely low tides, which only occur during the overnight hours this time of year.

For 16 non-consecutive nights from Dec. 9 through Jan. 25, nearby neighbors may see and hear welding operations, small hand and power tools, and the engine of the derrick crane. The loud noise will likely occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Noise will be equivalent to a passing car or bus. It will gradually dissipate for people 600 to 1,500 feet away. There will be no night work on Sundays and holidays. The City of Mukilteo approved a noise variance for this work.

"While that may not be the best news, it's necessary work to keep us on track to open the new terminal next fall," WSDOT said. "Thank you for your patience with all the the work -- and noise -- going on now." 


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