WSF leads brief public overview of ferry project

By Brandon Gustafson | Sep 26, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson WSF Project Manager Charlie Torres describes some of the changes coming to traffic in the waterfront.

The Mukilteo Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) hosted a walkthrough/open house with members of Washington State Ferries (WSF) for Mukilteo residents interested in discussing the new ferry terminal project last Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Project Manager Charlie Torres, Director of Terminal Engineering Nicole McIntosh, and Director of Government Relations John Vezina were the WSF representatives at the meeting.

Former Mukilteo City Councilmember Kevin Stoltz, chair of the FAC, and fellow FAC member Kendall Harr led the meeting, and councilmembers Christine Cook, Sarah Kneller, and Anna Rohrbough attended, as well as Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self.

The meeting at the Rosehill Community Center attracted a few dozen Mukilteo residents who came prepared with questions for WSF regarding traffic and noise concerns, feeling those concerns had not been accurately addressed to this date, as well as waterfront access, and more, which Torres and McIntosh did their best to answer.

The main subject was fencing for the project, which will be a black chain-link fence. At the Sept. 10 council committee meeting, Torres, Vezina, and McIntosh had given an update on the project, and Kneller wondered if the proposed fencing will mess with the aesthetic of the new terminal. WSF representatives said fencing near the waterfront is necessary for cost control purposes, so people can’t walk to the terminal and then hop into a car that already paid for transport.

After the discussion at Rosehill, the WSF representatives took the FAC members, councilmembers, and residents who wished to walk to the waterfront for a quick walkthrough/overview of some parts of the project, starting in the lot behind the current holding lanes, which will be lowered and become a part of the new 1st Street.

The group then moved toward the Sounder station, with WSF representatives describing how the new roads in the area will look, and how the new fencing will work as well. The fencing has been lowered from 6 feet to 5 feet, Torres said, and should look similar to the fencing at Rosehill.

Members of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) were also at the meeting to answer questions about traffic, which mostly focused on additional safety measures like crosswalks, and how traffic will increase in residential neighborhoods in Old Town.

 

 

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