It may not be a grand opening, but rather a happy reopening: The pedestrian path from the Sounder Train station east to the end of the new Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Project will open at 5 p.m today, Dec. 9. Crews have poured the sidewalks along the new First Street, also paved recently. For now, the pedestrian path is in a temporary configuration. It uses the sidewalk and parts of the newly paved First Street. So areas of the pathway will require pedestrians to step up or down a curb. Crews will continue making improvements to the pathway, pouring additional sidewalks and extending its length. When the project is complete, this sidewalk through what’s now the work zone will be the permanent path and it will be ADA compliant. First Street, which will lead to the new holding lanes and transit center, is closed to vehicles until the new terminal opens next fall.
Night Work on the New Ferry Terminal Starts This Week
Crews building the marine elements of the new terminal will be working at night starting this week. This in-water work requires welding in areas accessible only during extremely low tides, which only occur during the overnight hours this time of year. That means for 16 nonconsecutive nights from Dec. 9 through Jan. 25, nearby neighbors may see and hear welding operations, small hand and power tools, and the engine of the derrick crane from 8 p.m. to about 6 a.m. Noise will be equivalent to a passing car or bus — and will gradually dissipate for people 600 to 1,500 feet away. There will be no night work on Sundays and holidays. The City of Mukilteo approved a noise variance for this work.
While that may not be the best news, it’s necessary work to keep us on track to open the new terminal next fall. Thank you for your patience with all the the work — and noise — going on now.
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