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Fall/Winter 2018 Project Update

This year we’ve made exciting progress on the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector, taking an important step to make our waterfront safer for all users. Below are a few highlights from 2018, an update on funding, and what to expect in the new year. 

Thank you to those of you who shared your thoughts and helped us shape the design! 
Community members share their input at the July 2018 open house.
2018 in Review

This year the project team:
  • Hosted 2 rounds of public meetings, both in person and online, attended by over 1,000 community members.
  • Offered 4 neighborhood drop-in sessions.
  • Gave 3 City Council briefings.
  • Held 1 public hearing.
  • Received over 260 comments.
  • Featured in over 20 local media articles.
  • Sent 7 email updates.
  • Facilitated 4 Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Held 2 Agency Design Committee meetings.
Design Update

Using input gathered throughout the year from the community, City Council, the Advisory Committee and the Design Committee, the project team developed an alternative that blended elements from the early land bridge and promenade design concepts. 
Aerial view of the five percent hybrid design.
See below for a list of design updates.
Based on community feedback, the project team updated the design to minimize environmental impacts, reduce cost where possible, and reduce impacts to the beach area and parking lot. The hybrid design alternative:
  • Creates a new, raised plaza at the landing, improving access between the restroom and the beach.
  • Reduces the number of columns from three to two.
  • Substantially decreases the width of the land bridge.
  • Moves the bridge footprint closer to the railroad tracks.
  • Eliminates the cantilevered overlook to the north.
  • Moves the parking lot cul-de-sac somewhat further to the south.
Please note these designs are subject to change and reflect approximately five percent design.

In October 2018, Mayor Earling recommended this hybrid design alternative to City Council for approval. City Council approved the alternative, and the project team will continue to refine the design in the coming months.

We will reach out to the community again next year to gather input on the updated design.
Funding Update

In November 2018, the Edmonds Port Commission voted unanimously to contribute up to $1.5 million in construction funding for the Connector. This contribution adds to the $7.43 million in grants and commitments the City has already secured from outside agencies including the State of Washington, Sound Transit, the Port of Edmonds, BNSF and Community Transit. You can read more about the new funding here. The project currently has funding for design and part of construction. As the project progresses, the City will continue to pursue additional funding opportunities.
About the Project
Throughout the year, the vibrant Edmonds Waterfront draws people from around the city with its many businesses, beaches, playgrounds, Senior Center, marina, and community events. Currently, the waterfront can only be accessed by two streets that are both blocked in the event of a train passing. The Connector will be a long-term solution to:
  • Ensure the many users of the waterfront have safe, efficient and reliable access to emergency services.
  • Help emergency responders, pedestrians, and bicycle riders avoid street-level conflicts with trains as use of the BNSF rail lines increases.
  • Provide emergency ferry off-loading during extended track shutdowns.
For more information on the project, including past project updates, meeting materials, and project schedule, please visit our website: edmondswaterfrontaccess.org.  
Questions about the project?
Email us at info@edmondswaterfrontaccess.org
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