Councilmember Johnson on connector: ‘Hard-won funds will have to be returned’

‘Instead, a room full of citizens protested the planned project’
Jun 20, 2019
Edmonds City Councilmember Kristiana Johnson

On June 18, the Edmonds City Council voted to not proceed with its plans for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector.

Edmonds councilmember and mayoral candidate Kristiana Johnson, along with Councilemembers Dave Teitzel and Thomas Mesaros, were the dissenting votes, wanted to move forward with studying more before canceling the project.

Kristiana Johnson released the following statement June 20:

“I was one of three Edmonds City Councilmembers that voted Tuesday night for a 30% design and full environmental assessment of the planned Edmonds Waterfront Connector.

“This would have provided a complete evaluation of the controversial project that would have provided emergency access from the downtown Edmonds fire station to the west side of the railroad tracks.

“Instead, a room full of citizens protested the planned project. The state Legislature had earmarked over $8 million for this project. Only $1.5 million would have been spent for the preliminary 30% design and complete environmental assessment. Now those hard-won funds will have to be returned.

“The planned project had been adopted into the City’s Capital Improvement Plan following a two-year comprehensive evaluation of 51 alternatives and an exhaustive public process. The emergency access would be used once or twice per week to provide basic and advanced life support.

“It would also provide a permanent pedestrian and bicycle access from Sunset Avenue to the Brackett’s Landing jetty.”

 

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