Meadowdale Design Phase

Snohomish County Parks and Recreation/Surface Water Management Div. of Public Works/Snohomish County Marine Resources Partnership

Project Description

This project includes preparing design drawings for permit submittal and final construction bid documents for the preferred alternative that was selected during the feasibility phase. The design consists of removing approximately 130
linear feet of railroad embankment and installing a four-span railroad bridge  Approximately 2 plus acres of created/restored estuary and riparian habitat enhancement is proposed with a second footbridge located over Lund's Gulch Creek. Paths will be relocated to provide viewpoints of the estuary. 

Background Timeline
  • 1971 - Meadowdale Beach Properties purchased with grant and bond monies for the purpose of developing a public park with beach access.
  • 1988: Park development project/Agreement with BNSF for shared use of Lund's Gulch Creek culvert for access to beach
  • 1997-present: Gravels deposited upstream/downstream of culvert negatively impact beach access, fish passage, sediment transport, and cause flooding
  • 2014-2015: Feasibility Study to develop Preferred Alternative to address impacts to beach access, included stakeholder meetings.
  • 2015: Awarded 250K Salmon Recovery Funding Board Grant for Preliminary Desgin
  • 2016: Design team procurement

Lunds Gulch Creek Culvert under BNSF Railroad

Meadowdale Tunnel

Current Status


Five contracts relating to investigative studies and design have been signed by the Executive as authorized by County Council. A kick-off meeting with consultants will be held in September. An Application for a Temporary Occupancy Permit for performing investigative studies within the railroad right of way was submitted to BNSF in July. Comments from BNSF on the preliminary conceptual design submitted in May 2016 is anticipated in September 2016.

Project Schedule (tentative)*

Design/Permitting/Construction Drawings

  • Investigative studies/Preliminary Design - Complete December 2017
  • 90% Design/Cost Estimate/Project Specifications - Complete December 2018
  • Permitting - 2019
  • Complete Bid Package/Advertise for Bid - Fall 2019
  • Construct - 2020

Funding Process

  • Funding Strategy Meetings  - Ongoing
  • Meet with Grant Agencies - Spring/Summer 2017
  • Develop Grant Proposals/Applications- 2018
*Schedule subject to change based on budget process, BNSF approval, and permitting

Upcoming Meetings 


  • Community Meeting (TBD - winter 2017)

Related Documents

Contact Person:  Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer
                                  Snohomish County Parks & Recreation


       Phone: 425-388-6619