Trucking in materials to lay down holding lanes
While many parts of the economy remain suspended or are slowly opening up, work on the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Project is moving swiftly with COVID safety practices in place. Starting June 1 and running for two to three weeks, trucks will haul in materials to lay down the new holding lanes. Trucks will use the special haul route that passes through the southern end of the old holding lanes and into the job site. Flaggers will coordinate the flow of trucks exiting the job site with the queuing ferry traffic. This work will take place from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.
These are not our usual holding lanes, either. They’re a layer cake of materials designed to treat storm water before it leaves the site or enters Puget Sound. The holding lanes will be constructed of a special porous concrete called permeable concrete that allows rainwater to pass through and into a thick layer of sand that filters it. Then the water finds its way to an under drain system, the geo-membrane liner for which is shown in the photo above. This base layer collects and channels storm water into drain pipes so the filtered water can enter the Sound.
Colorful elevator glass features tribal motifs
WSF is committed to honoring the history of the new Mukilteo terminal site as the home of the Coast Salish people and the spot where the tribes and U.S. Government signed the 1855 Point Elliott Treaty. During design consultation, the tribes asked us to be welcoming from land and water. These images on the elevator glass, designed by Tulalip Master Carver James Madison, will welcome all who come ashore. The east elevator is shown above; the west elevator features a similar design by Madison with a woman in the background. The special glass was installed over the past two weeks.
Seawall and promenade are shaping up
The seawall, shown above, provides support for the waterfront promenade behind it. The promenade extends on the east and west ends of the passenger building. Wall outcroppings offer spots for pedestrians to linger, and benches — of cedar and finished concrete — provide places to sit and enjoy the view. Low-level lighted bollards and native vegetation will line the promenade. Interpretive signs, similar to those near the Mukilteo Lighthouse, honor the site’s history.
The promenade path links the one at Lighthouse Park to the one at Edgewater Beach — with a stop inside the new passenger building. (No ferry ticket needed to tour the building.) The pathway replaces the old asphalt one along the shoreline and it will be about 3 feet higher to account for sea level rise and because the site’s previous refueling station had been constructed on a flood plain.
We’ve come a long way since that first public scoping meeting in October 2011 — a worthwhile journey as new Mukilteo terminal is a unique part of the WSF system and a centerpiece of the Mukilteo waterfront.
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