- Construction is currently scheduled to begin in July 2014.
WSF will replace the Vashon ferry terminal timber trestle which is a framework of timber that supports the ramps to the ferry.
The timber bulkhead will also be replaced along with the terminal building and utilities.
Why is WSDOT
replacing these structures?
The project will bring the structures up to current seismic code.
Replacing the creosote-treated timbers with concrete and steel will create a stronger support structure and keep the creosote out of the water.
In addition, the small terminal building that sits on the trestle has outlived its design life and must be replaced.
The End Result
Ferry riders will see a more reliable and environmentally friendly terminal.
This project will also preserve the Vashon ferry terminal by replacing existing structures in the same location with new materials of the same size.
- Reliability: Having a reliable transportation alternative to and from an island gives the public greater flexibility for travel.
- Safety: The project brings the trestle up to seismic, mechanical and electrical codes.
- Environmental: The project removes creosote-treated timbers from Puget Sound and replaces them with more environmentally sensitive materials resulting in a cleaner Puget Sound.
- Storm water: The project treats storm water that is currently allowed to drain off the trestle into Puget Sound.
What is the project timeline?
- April 2014: Advertise project.
- July 2014: Begin construction.
- May 2018: Complete construction.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
Budget: $47 million
This project is funded by pre-existing funds from the 2005 gas tax (Transportation Partnership Account).
How can I get more information?
WSF Design Project Engineer Charles Torres
WSF Communications Manager Joy Goldenberg
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