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Update: Winter storm causes damage to new ferry terminal

Overhead walkway delayed until April due to glitch


Last updated 3/24/2021 at 12:35pm

Washington State Ferries

The waterfront promenade has been a popular place for strolling and dog-walking, and it's not even spring yet. Some sections of its decorative concrete, however, need to be torn out and replaced. X marks the spots.

The recent winter storm delivered a surprise to the new Mukilteo ferry terminal – specifically to the terminal's stormwater system

Starting March 22, crews will close part of the westbound lane of First Street from the transit center to the tollbooths. Construction crews need access to the manholes in the area to do repair work on the underground stormwater system that was damaged during a recent storm.

This portion of First Street is currently not a through-street, but it's the road buses use to access the transit center and where people go to drop off and pick up passengers. Flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic during this work, which could last a month.

In addition, sections of newly installed promenade on both sides of the passenger building are being replaced due to quality issues. Washington State Ferries did not like the appearance. The tiles are being replaced by the contractor at the contractor's expense.

Crews will need to tear out and replace several sections of the decorative concrete. That work begins this week and will take two weeks to complete.

Washington State Ferries

This section of First Street passes by the new transit center. Crews will shut down the westbound lane to access the underground stormwater system and repair it.

Crews will set up detours around the work, when they can, and close the promenade, when they can't. During paving, for example, the promenade will need to close and that closure will extend from the tollbooths eastward beyond the passenger building. 

Crews working on the overhead walkway that walk-on passengers will use to board the ferry discovered a glitch in how the structure aligns with the ferry. Terminal engineers have worked out a solution and implementing it will delay the opening a bit longer.

The overhead walkway is now scheduled to open by the end of April.

When it does, it will allow for more streamlined boarding and departing of the vessel for walk-on passengers as they'll no longer walk onto the car deck and then up to the passenger cabin.

"This story has been updated with information from Washington State Ferries.


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