Edgewater Bridge Replacement
PROJECT DESIGN NEARLY COMPLETE; CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN SPRING 2022
The Edgewater Bridge carries W Mukilteo Blvd across Edgewater Creek at the western limits of Everett. The road is an important arterial for the Boulevard Bluffs neighborhood, and the bridge is used daily by nearby residents, transit, ferry traffic, school buses and emergency responders.
The design of the Edgewater Bridge replacement is nearly complete and the project is on track to select a contractor in early 2022 and begin construction in spring 2022. In 2020, community members weighed in on aesthetic preferences for the bridge, which have been incorporated into the bridge’s railings, light poles and gateway elements. See the Design & Aesthetics section below for bridge renderings.
Watch the recording of the Sept. 2, 2021 virtual community meeting to learn more about the project.
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Questions about the project
Q: Why does the project require a year-long closure and detour?
A: There is no economically feasible way to keep the bridge partially open while we rebuild it. The same geography that makes this bridge an essential neighborhood transportation link also makes a detour unavoidable. You can view maps of the general detour route and school detour route when the bridge will be closed during construction, as well as a preliminary map of the construction area.
Q: Will the City provide pedestrian access through site or down the ravine?
A: There will be no pedestrian access from one side of the project to the other. Due to safety concerns, the City of Everett will not be providing a path down the ravine. On the Mukilteo side of the bridge, we tentatively plan to provide access along the closed portion of Mukilteo Blvd and Mukilteo Lane to allow pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Mt Baker railroad crossing.
The Edgewater Bridge spans W Mukilteo Blvd. between Mukilteo Ln/LaMar Dr and Shore Ave.
We are replacing this bridge and have completed a seismic retrofit of the Maple Heights Bridge as part of our earthquake hazard mitigation efforts.
The current bridge was built in 1946 and is at the end of its useful life. While safe for daily use, it is functionally obsolete, structurally deficient and currently operates under load restrictions. It is also seismically vulnerable – if two of the three bridges along W Mukilteo Blvd. were lost in a major earthquake, nearby neighborhoods could be isolated.
Building a new bridge is a long-term investment in our transportation system, providing for the safety of everyone walking, driving or using a wheelchair, stroller or bike on W Mukilteo Blvd.
Read our fact sheet to learn more about the Edgewater Bridge project.
The project has estimated budget of $22 million:
- $12 million federal bridge program grant funding
- $5.5 million City of Everett bond
- $4.5 million City transportation funds
The new bridge will have the same number of travel lanes as the current bridge, plus bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks. Community input informed the design’s choice of bridge railings, illumination and gateway elements at both ends of the bridge.
New bridge features will include:
- Built to modern seismic safety standards
- 12-foot travel lanes in each direction
- 6.5-foot sidewalks on each side of the bridge
- 5-foot bike lanes on each side between the sidewalk and the road
Rendering (above): Railing and lights (current as of summer 2021)
Rendering (above): Bridge gateway (current as of summer 2021)
We expect to close the bridge for approximately 12 months starting in June 2022, after school is out.
We are replacing the bridge in conjunction with two other nearby projects. Before bridge construction begins, we will relocate and upgrade various existing sewer utilities. This includes building a new sewer pump station and forcemain pipe along Shore Ave. During sewer and bridge construction, we will use part of Edgewater Park for construction staging, resulting in a partial or full park closure. Once bridge construction is complete, we will complete upgrades at Edgewater Park.
Our timeline is as follows. We will have more refined schedule information after we select a contractor in early 2022.
- Late spring and summer 2020: Bridge design public outreach
- 2020-2021: Bridge design; sewer pump station and forcemain pipe planning and design
- 2021-2022: Edgewater Park public outreach and design
- Early 2022: Bridge construction bidding; earthwork construction for sewer pipeline
- Spring 2022 – summer 2023: Bridge construction; west end of Edgewater Park closed for bridge construction
- June 2022 – June 2023 (est.): Edgewater Bridge closure and detours
Summer 2023 (est.): Edgewater Bridge construction complete; Edgewater Park improvements construction begins
Gael Fisk, PE
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