Last week, crews on the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Project wrapped up work on the concrete foundation for the future passenger building. This portion of the project began just over a year ago, in early September 2017, as part of the early work of the current phase of construction. The foundation contains nearly seven million pounds of concrete. That’s equivalent to roughly seven Boeing 747s. The foundation will support not only the building, but also the vehicle loading ramp and overhead pedestrian loading facilities.
Crews installing stormwater utility lines have also made great progress this week, finishing the final 487-foot-long underground bore needed to install pipes. This bore was by far the longest one of the project, representing 75 percent of the total 650 feet of pipe. When planning this stage of the project, we opted to use an underground boring method instead of digging an open trench in order to uphold our commitments to local tribes and minimize ground disturbance.
With all stormwater lines now in the ground, crews will focus on installing manhole access to the newly constructed stormwater system. Together with the building foundation, this utility work sets the stage for the next construction activities to begin in early 2019.
Later this fall, we will release two new construction contracts, which will include all remaining features needed for terminal operations, such as the passenger building, holding lanes, and in-water structures. We look forward to sharing more information about these contracts as we get closer, but we would like to thank you for being part of the process that helped get us here.
From the first public scoping meeting in October 2011, we have received feedback from the community at 11 public meetings, as well as 24 briefings with local elected officials, businesses, and community groups. Your input has shaped the design of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal, helping make it a unique part of the WSF system and a centerpiece of the Mukilteo waterfront.