Update on Edmonds
aid carFrom its 2012 grass-roots beginnings as a way to reduce emergency access issues and conflicts at the City’s two at-grade railroad crossings, through City Council’s several motions to emphasize and prioritize the issue, and a successful alternatives analysis study, the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector Project continues its momentum and support by City residents, as well as local, state and national leaders.

ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS SELECTS THE EDMONDS STREET OVERPASS
Through an intensive fourteen-month analysis involving extensive input from City residents, City Council, Police and Fire Departments, and nearby agencies including Community Transit, Washington State Ferries, Burlington Norther Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), WSDOT, Sound Transit, and the Port of Edmonds, the Edmonds Street Emergency Access Overpass (since renamed the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector) was selected as the most effective near-term solution for the access issues to the waterfront.

CREATING CHOICES AND NARROWING THEM DOWN
With public input through online and in-person public open houses as well as neighborhood drop-in meetings, evaluation criteria will be applied to six overpass concept choices in order to develop two design alternatives for further evaluation. The two alternatives will be extensively modeled so that various impacts – neighborhood compatibility, design, environmental issues, permitting and costs can be further assessed.
collageGOING FORWARD
Through public input and additional evaluations, the City’s team of engineers, architects, and environmental professionals will develop and propose a preferred alternative for final evaluation and selection in mid-summer 2018. From there, preliminary engineering and environmental documentation will begin and continue on the preferred alternative into 2019. Depending on available funding, final design may continue to 2021, when construction is estimated to begin.  

FUNDING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The current cost estimate for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector Project is $30 million. As such, outside funding sources are critical to the project’s success. But due to the broad support given to the Project, the City is optimistic the required funds can be obtained. The City has already secured $7.43 million in grants and commitments from outside agencies including the State of Washington, Sound Transit, the Port of Edmonds, BNSF, and Community Transit towards the project. The City has applied for a federal grant requesting upwards of $16.7 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program and will be soon submitting an application for the State-sponsored, State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB) grant program. The City will also apply to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program when it opens later this year. In addition, the City will continue to search for and identify potential funding sources as they become available.

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