Summer construction moves swiftly
From Washington State Ferries: The Mukilteo/Clinton route is our busiest one for vehicles. From July through September last year, we carried nearly 630,000 vehicles across Possession Sound. When the new Mukilteo ferry terminal opens in fall 2020, getting to and from Whidbey Island will be a different experience for vehicles, walk-on passengers, and cyclists alike. Read the recent blog post to learn more.
And we’re moving quickly toward that opening date.The second floor is up on the passenger building, and the view from there is a stunner. You can take in sweeping views of Whidbey Island and, on a clear day, north to Mount Baker. The roof supports shown to the right will support a shed-style roof to be covered in solar panels. Roof beams and panels are going up now.
Other project elements shaping up
Crews are spread across the site, working on the maintenance building, toll booths (more on those below), holding lanes, and the new First Street leading from State Route 525 to the holding lanes and passenger building.
From fuel depot to a modern ferry terminal
When the U.S. Air Force abandoned its fuel depot on the Mukilteo waterfront in 1990, this old pump house (right) was left behind.
This is what the area looks like now (see below) with the pump house gone, and in it’s place will be three toll booths and the new First Street. The terminal, with its twin elevator shafts, is visible in the background.
The previous pedestrian path also ran through this area until we closed it last March. As we stated then, we’re working to reopen the path as soon as possible because we know how important it is to local residents, many of whom walked it daily. We’re on track to re-open the portion that passes by the Sounder train station this fall. As soon as we have a firm date, we’ll let you know.
Thank you for bearing with the disruptions as we work to replace the 62-year-old seismically vulnerable Mukilteo ferry terminal. You can always find more information on the Mukilteo project website and see the latest construction photos on our Flickr page.