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Letter to the Editor: City should act to prevent new traffic on Mukilteo Lane


Last updated 12/16/2020 at 11:32am

Editor’s note: A petition to the city of Mukilteo about traffic and pedestrian safety issues on Mukilteo Lane is circulating in the community.

It is unclear why this petition is arising now. The new ferry terminal will open in 17 days. The problems with traffic and pedestrian safety have been raised many times to the Mukilteo City Council. Why has this not been thoroughly discussed and decided months ago?

For those of us that live nearby and use Mukilteo Lane and Baker railroad crossing, both in cars and as pedestrians, it is obvious that putting any increased traffic across the Baker RR crossing or up Mukilteo Lane is unsafe for local residents, pedestrians, and car traffic. Mukilteo Lane has no sidewalks and the roadway is in poor condition especially on the north side where the bank is steep.

I understand the concerns of the residents of the 15 houses or so that live there. No new traffic from the ferry terminal, train terminal parking areas, or First Street should be allowed to cross the railroad tracks at Baker crossing and go up the hill of Mukilteo Lane going east. It would also be best to not mix the current access to Edgewater Beach and the Boeing shipping container pier with any new traffic. It also seems very unwise to close Baker Street RR crossing and force all the current users of Edgewater Beach and the local area to go to Mukilteo Speedway, mix with increased traffic and congestion, and then back on First Street.

The best approach would be to block off First Street, where it is currently fenced off for the ferry terminal construction. This would be to the west at the Baker railroad crossing. Thus all ferry terminal traffic, employees, and Mukilteo railroad terminal traffic would be directed west to Mukilteo Speedway as it is now. This could easily be a gated barrier that could be used by emergency personnel when necessary.

In addition, the sign for entering the city of Everett is at the bottom of the Mukilteo Lane hill going east.

Edgewater Beach is also in the city of Everett. What has the city of Everett to say about these problems? Is not part of Mukilteo Lane in their jurisdiction?

Instead of opening First Street at the Baker RR crossing, it would be best to keep First Street closed off until this issue is completely resolved as to road safety, traffic, pedestrians, and local access. The worst decision would be to open First Street and allow increased traffic across Baker RR crossing and on Mukilteo Lane.

Bill Dickinson



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