Project overview

We are designing a single-lane emergency vehicle, pedestrian, and cyclist bridge extending from Edmonds Street and Sunset Avenue to Brackett’s Landing North.

The Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector will:

  • Ensure the many residents and users of the waterfront have safe, efficient, and reliable access to emergency services at all times.
  • Allow emergency responders, pedestrians, and bicycle riders avoid street-level conflicts with trains as use of the BNSF rail lines increases.
  • Provide a solution for emergency ferry off-loading during extended railroad track shutdowns when ferries cannot be rerouted.

Project history: The Waterfront At-Grade Crossings Alternatives Analysis

The Waterfront Connector got its start as one of 51 potential solutions to provide safe and reliable access for emergency responders, pedestrians, and cyclists over the railroad tracks to the Edmonds waterfront. After a 14-month process, including four in-person and online public meetings involving over 750 community members, the City completed the Edmonds Waterfront Access Study, also called the Waterfront At-Grade Crossings Alternatives Analysis.

The analysis showed the Edmonds Street Emergency Access Overpass (now called the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector) was the most feasible, affordable and appropriate near-term solution to the growing problems of congestion, safety and access experienced by Edmonds waterfront users. The Edmonds Street location was recommended over other similar emergency vehicle access alternatives for reasons of cost, anticipated use, and superior access for emergency response. Mayor Dave Earling presented this recommendation to City Council, which unanimously endorsed the project in November 2016.

Where we are now: Selecting a preferred alternative design

Throughout 2018, the project team worked with the community to develop early design options for the Waterfront Connector. The project team designed a preferred alternative after receiving extensive feedback from the community.

In October 2018, City Council voted in favor of proceeding with the preferred alternative for the Waterfront Connector. Preliminary engineering and environmental documentation will begin and continue in 2019. Depending on available funding, final design may continue to 2021, when construction is estimated to begin.