Washington State Ferries is inviting the public to an open house Wednesday, Feb. 15 to view the updated design plans and construction details for the new Mukilteo ferry terminal.
The open house takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. The community center is located at 304 Lincoln Avenue.
The design plans displayed at the open house will give visitors a sense of the new facets of the ferry terminal. New features include a new passenger building that allows passengers to board separately from vehicles, a maintenance building, a supervisor’s building and four new toll booths. The new terminal will be constructed near the Sounder commuter rail station in Mukilteo, creating a multi-modal transit center. Pedestrian access to the waterfront will be another feature, and Washington State Ferries says information on noise and traffic control will also be discussed.
Washington State Ferries says the new terminal will be environmentally sustainable. The new terminal will feature sustainable design features, and will relocate about a third of a mile east of the existing terminal to the old tank farm site. Construction crews will remove the tank farm pier, which Washington State Ferries says on their website “eliminates thousands of tons of toxic creosote-treated debris from Puget Sound.” Washington State Department of Transportation recognized the project for a 2016 Environmental Excellence Award.
Project staff will be present at the open house to explain design and construction plans to visitors.
Construction crews are set to break ground this summer. It comes at a time when changes are needed for the 60-year-old Mukilteo ferry terminal, which hasn’t had significant improvements since the early ’80s. The current facility doesn’t meet seismic standards, and Washington State Ferries says the layout of the existing terminal contributes to traffic congestion.
The existing terminal will remain open until the new facility opens in late 2019.