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Mukilteo's waterfront changes as new ferry terminal comes into view

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:00

Diane Rhodes, WSF communications, 206-515-3488

MUKILTEO – The Mukilteo waterfront will look different after today. The first walls of the new Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal are going up at the water’s edge.

This milestone marks a major stride in Washington State Ferries’ project to replace the 62-year old seismically vulnerable ferry terminal with a new one located one-third of a mile east on the site of an abandoned U.S. Air Force fuel facility. Work on the new ferry terminal began in 2010 with the environmental review process. In 2016, the pier on the site, including the 7,000 tons of creosote-soaked pilings holding it up, was removed from Puget Sound.

“This project has been a long time coming,” said Director of Terminal Engineering Nicole McIntosh. “We’ve worked with the public, tribal partners and many stakeholders to get here. We hope the new terminal, with its views out to both water and land, will become a centerpiece of the community.”

The Mukilteo/Clinton route connects Whidbey Island to the Seattle-Everett metro areas and serves more than 4 million ferry riders each year.

What to expect in spring and summer

Activity at the site will heat up as the weather does. For a few weeks in April, trucks will move along a route set up for them to haul in fill for the future holding lanes. To minimize disruption to residents, trucking hours are limited to Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flaggers will be in place during those hours to direct traffic.

The section of the popular pedestrian trail that passes through the work zone will be closed until early fall to work on the new First Street. Commuters and residents can look forward to the new street, a direct route from State Route 525 to the Sounder station and to Edgewater Beach. Waterfront changes continue this summer as the building’s structure is erected and topped off by the roof.

“That’s another big milestone in the project,” McIntosh said. “The building outlines will be visible, giving residents and ferry riders a clearer picture of the future waterfront they’ve been waiting for.”   

A revamped waterfront and improved transit

Slated to open in fall 2020, the ferry terminal, holding lanes and overhead bridge for walk-on passengers are designed to handle the projected growth in ridership and reduce traffic congestion and pedestrian/vehicle conflicts during ferry loading and unloading.

The project is one part of a larger redevelopment plan for Mukilteo's waterfront, which will include a replacement of the nearby NOAA research station, improved beach and trail access, the addition of mixed-use buildings, and more.

View current construction photos and sign up for project alerts to keep up with progress.

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter.

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