Mayor recommends Edmonds Waterfront Connector hybrid design

Oct 18, 2018

Mayor Dave Earling on Tuesday provided a long and impassioned speech pointing out his support for a hybrid design for the proposed Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector, which would construct a single-lane structure from the intersection of Edmonds Street and Sunset Avenue to the parking lot at Brackett’s Landing North.

The proposed connector would be a hybrid of two choices that councilmembers and the public agreed on, the “Promenade” and “Land Bridge.”

When completed, it would allow emergency access to the ferry, marina, senior center and businesses on the west side of the BNSF train tracks, in addition to providing access to pedestrians and bicyclists.

“It is the paramount duty of the city to protect and ensure the safety of our residents, businesses and visitors,” Earling said.

The cost for the bridge, the large majority of which would come from government grants, has been decreased from $30 million to about $27.5 million, Public Works Director Phil Williams said.

A summary of the current design and cost reduction efforts includes:

  • Narrowing the land bridge width crossing the tracks from 49 feet to 31 feet;
  • Removing the extended cantilevered overlook and reducing the concrete columns from three to two;
  • Simplifying the bridge cross-section; and
  • Shifting the bridge alignment eastward.

There have been several open houses, public hearings and community meetings concerning the project. No further public meetings are planned, said Public Works and Utilities Director Phil Williams, who also supports the project.

Tuesday’s presentation, a study item, was not intended for a City Council vote.

 

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