Washington State Ferries selects preferred site for new ferry terminal

New facility would be one-third of a mile east of existing terminal
May 23, 2012

The aging ferry terminal at Mukilteo should be replaced with a new terminal one-third of a mile to the east, the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division recommends.

WSF selected its preferred alternative based on public, agency and tribal comments received on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) released in January 2012.

The alternative, known as Elliot Point 2, would best avoid environmental impacts and it addresses problems at the current terminal at the foot of Front Street and SR 525, WSF officials said.

These include a 60-year-old dock in need of significant repairs and upgrading, inadequate passenger connections between the ferry and nearby commuter rail and transit facilities, and pedestrian and vehicle conflicts.

The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route is the state’s busiest for vehicles and has the second-highest annual ridership, serving more than four million riders in 2011.

“We have worked for several years with ferry riders, community members, elected officials, tribes and others to get to this point, which moves us one step closer to building a new Mukilteo ferry terminal,” said David Moseley, assistant transportation secretary, Ferries Division. “Next, we look forward to completing the environmental process so we can move forward to secure funding for final design and construction.”

A final EIS will be completed by WSF and the Federal Transit Administration in spring 2013. As the design and environmental review continues, the preferred alternative will continue to be refined.

Elliot Point 2 is on the western portion of the Mukilteo Tank Farm east of the current terminal. Construction of a new terminal at this location would cost an estimated $120-$130 million. The Legislature has, so far, identified $90.1 million for the project, including $29 million in federal planning and design grants.

Current federal funding will allow WSF to complete the final EIS. The project may apply for additional federal funds once the EIS process is complete.

Elliot Point 2 relocates all terminal structures to the western side of the Tank Farm. The water is deeper in this location, so the ferry slip would be closer to the shore with a shorter trestle.

New supervisor, passenger and maintenance buildings, toll booths, 216-vehicle holding area and an overhead passenger loading ramp would be located on either side of the terminal.

The Tank Farm pier and Art Building would be removed. Ivar’s would remain.

A walkway would be built along the edge of the terminal that stretches from First Street to a shoreline promenade located west of the ferry slip. The current holding lanes would be open for redevelopment.

More information is available on the Mukilteo Multimodal Project website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ferries/mukilteoterminal/multimodal/.

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