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Mukilteo ferry terminal construction to expand into the water

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 09:06

Diane Rhodes, WSF communications, 206-462-8866

MUKILTEO – Replacing the aging Mukilteo ferry terminal is another step closer to reality for the millions of riders who depend on this busy route. Washington State Ferries today awarded Seattle-based Manson Construction a contract to build the in-water structures for the Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal Project.

This work, valued at $26.4 million, includes the vehicle transfer bridge, overhead pedestrian walkway, structures needed to land the ferry along with demolishing the old ferry terminal and nearby fishing pier and building a new fishing pier.

"The overhead passenger walkway improves safety and efficiency for customers of all ages and abilities," said Genevieve Rucki, acting director of terminal engineering. "Walk-on passengers will now board the ferry while vehicles load from the car deck below, speeding up the loading process for everyone as ridership grows."

This marks a milestone in WSF's efforts to replace the 62-year old seismically vulnerable terminal, built when the local population and traffic were a fraction of what they are today.

Land and marine elements

Construction of the Mukilteo project was split into two contracts – one for land structures and this one for marine elements – to keep the project on schedule. The marine contract begins in August, however in-water work is slated to begin in early fall. Work on the land structures, which include the passenger building, holding lanes, toll plaza, maintenance building and waterfront promenade, began in January.

"Awarding this contract now, keeps us on schedule to open in fall 2020," Rucki added.

No in-water work can occur during the fish migration window – mid February through July – to protect migrating fish. A species monitoring program is in place throughout construction to limit impact on protected species.

The new terminal, one-third of a mile east of the existing one, is one piece of a larger development plan that will revamp the waterfront. A total of $187.3 million has been allocated for this project.

The Mukilteo/Clinton route connects Whidbey Island to the Seattle-Everett metro areas and serves more than 4 million ferry riders each year. View current construction photos and sign up for construction project alerts.

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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