Inland is Excited to Help Build a Gateway to Everett’s Waterfront

$19M Everett bridge will carry people — and utility pipelines

By JOURNAL STAFF                                                                                                                                  

The city of Everett will hold a groundbreaking event Tuesday for a $19.3 million bridge for pedestrians and utilities that will link Grand Avenue Park to the waterfront.

The budget includes related work such as landscaping and utility projects.

“We know the community is looking forward to a new way to access the waterfront from the bluff,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson in a statement.

“Starting this month, you’ll start to see work on the utility improvements that run through the park and preparations for placement of the elevator shaft on the park side the project.”

KPFF Consulting Engineers is the prime consultant and lead engineer, LMN Architects is the bridge architect and Interwest Construction is the general contractor.

The Grand Avenue Park Bridge will carry storm drainage and sewer pipelines across a steep slope, over BNSF Railway tracks and West Marine View Drive, to Port of Everett property.

Underground pipelines on the slope will be replaced. The city says it needs to replace deteriorated pipelines because the slopes are prone to landslides. Placing the new pipelines on a utility bridge will make them more accessible for inspection and maintenance.

There will be space on the bridge for a future water main crossing.

The bridge will also allow pedestrians to cross between Grand Avenue Park and the waterfront. The waterfront side will have a stair and elevator tower allowing pedestrians to access the bridge. The site is a short distance from the port’s Waterfront Place mixed-use development.

Construction on the port side is already underway, with crews starting to set footings for the bridge and elevator shaft.

The project follows a decade of planning and coordination between the city, Port of Everett, BNSF Railway, Snohomish County Public Utility District, Washington State Department of Transportation and Everett’s Northwest neighborhood.

Construction is slated to finish in late 2018.

Credit: Seattle DJC 10/17/17

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