Open house Sept. 14 for input on rail crossings

Sep 09, 2016

City of Edmonds representatives and the Edmonds Waterfront Access Study team are inviting the public to weigh in about a narrowed list of potential alternatives for at-grade rail crossings along the Edmonds waterfront at an open house 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

It will be held in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St. It’s the final open house to be hosted by Mayor Dave Earling’s advisory task force before members present their recommendations.

Edmonds has been working with partners to study different ways to improve access to and from the waterfront, including access for emergency responders.

Since its first three public meetings, the study team has received feedback, screened a list of possible ideas and evaluated those ideas as possible solutions to improving waterfront access. At this next open house, the team will:

Share the results of the Level 2 evaluation process; review alternatives being considered for recommendation; explain how public input has and will be used up to this point; and discuss next steps in deciding the recommended alternative(s).

A total of $680,000 has been contributed to the Edmonds Waterfront Access Alternatives Analysis study by the State Legislature, the city of Edmonds, the Port of Edmonds and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in response to the growing problems resulting from increasing train volumes blocking vehicle, pedestrian and emergency access to and from the Edmonds waterfront.

The study aims to determine the best feasible alternatives to at-grade railroad crossings at Dayton and Main streets, which are currently blocked by 35 to 40 trains each day along the city's waterfront and could eventually be blocked by up to 100 trains a day by 2030.

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