Edmonds moves forward with plan for waterfront connector overpass
EDMONDS, Wash. - The city of Edmonds is moving forward with a plan to fix a major traffic problem during emergencies.
City leaders are trying to find a way to fund a one-lane overpass that would extend over the railroad tracks at Edmonds Street and Sunset Avenue down to the parking lot at Bracket's Landing.
"This is the most practical solution that solves most of the problems," said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. "Solves the largest number of problems and has what I think is probably the most reasonable and accessible cost."
After months of open houses, a task force made up of officials from the State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit, Burlington Northern Sante Fe and others finally came up with the recommendation.
The overpass would provide waterfront access for pedestrians and cyclists, but would only be open to vehicles during an emergency, so the ferries could be loaded and unloaded and to allow first responders to get through.
"It's really an amenity to move people all the way along our waterfront," said Mayor Earling.
The overpass is expected to cost about $25 million to $30 million. The city said it hopes to pay for the project with money from both the state and federal government.
They mayor expects it will take about five years to raise the money and for construction to begin.