Ferry work to start right after Lighthouse Festival

Crews to break ground on new ferry terminal Sept. 11
By Nicholas Johnson | Aug 30, 2017

Construction of Mukilteo’s new ferry terminal is set to begin Monday, Sept. 11 – less than 24 hours after this year’s Lighthouse Festival wraps up.

Crews contracted with the state Department of Transportation will install a storm water utility line along First Street and construct a concrete trestle over tidelands on which the terminal building will be constructed beginning in June 2018.

The state awarded a contract in July to Orion Marine Contractors of Tacoma, Washington, which submitted a low bid of just more than $4.648 million. The work was originally estimated to cost more than $6.365 million.

The work entails driving some 60 steel pipes, which are 24 to 30 inches in diameter, into the sea floor to support the trestle. That’s work that must be done during fall and winter months in order to avoid fish migration activity.

Construction of the terminal building itself would begin in June of next year, and the project will be complete by the end of 2019. The state is expected to advertise construction contracts for that work as early as October.

But before then the city and the state must address some remaining issues, including the need to create plans for signage, protection of bird nests and noise control during terminal construction. They also include design of a security fence and plans for a pedestrian crossing at First Street and Mukilteo Speedway while a new intersection is created there.

In May, the City Council agreed to allow the state to go forward with this first phase of construction, but said it would need to revisit those outstanding issues before issuing permits for terminal construction itself.

In March 2014, the city’s hearing examiner approved some 56 conditions for the $139-million ferry terminal project. An agreement between city and state officials addresses those conditions by laying out how the state will mitigate the impacts of construction on residents, traffic and the environment. It covers the city and the state’s respective obligations and commitments, as well as issues around construction noise, haul routes and access to the construction site.

Construction hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and no work on Sundays and holidays.

Trucks will be allowed to haul material in and out between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and until 1 p.m. on Fridays.

Trucks will haul material into the site from the Mukilteo Speedway by passing behind the current ferry holding lanes, making their way to Front Street and passing by the NOAA research station. On the way out, trucks will again pass by the research station, sticking to Front Street before turning southbound onto Mukilteo Speedway.

The city is encouraging residents who experience problems with project construction to resolve them with the project manager and contractor rather than calling the city. But if that is not working, residents may contact city planner Andrea Swisstack at aswisstack@mukilteowa.gov or 425-263-8081.

If you have questions about construction activity, first contact Mark Sawyer at SawyerM@wsdot.wa.gov or 425-225-8799, or Taylor Knowles at KnowleT@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov or 425-367-8997.

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