Meadowdale Beach and Estuary Restoration Project

Project Description:

This project entails removing 128 linear feet of railroad embankment (shoreline armoring) along with the 6-foot wide culvert and installing a 5-span railroad bridge with a 100-foot opening to address ADA accessibility, beach access, fish passage, flooding, sediment delivery and maintenance issues associated with the undersized culvert. This project will restore a historic (pre-railroad) 1.3-acre estuary that will provide essential rearing habitat for ESA-listed Chinook (threatened), Chum, and Coho salmon as well as Cutthroat trout; and restore nearshore processes key to Puget Sound recovery. Additional habitat and stream enhancement will occur upstream of the estuary and a second footbridge will be installed to provide viewing platform of fish migration. Recreation components include a foot-wash, and picnic and bench viewpoints of the beach, estuary and Lund’s Gulch Creek. The existing portable restroom enclosure will be relocated out of the floodway and the ADA-parking will be brought up to current standards.

Lunds Gulch Creek Culvert under BNSF Railroad

Meadowdale Tunnel

A Benefit-Cost Analysis was finalized in early 2018 demonstrating that the community receive $4 in public benefits for every $1 invested. The Preliminary Design report was prepared and delivered to RCO to meet the 2015 SRFB grant requirements. A Funder’s meeting with multiple grant agencies was held in February 2018 to discuss funding strategies. Application for federal (Army Corps) and state (DOE) were submitted mid-March. The County and BNSF provided review comments on the 60% design. Consultants currently working on 90% submittal of plans, specifications and cost estimates. Grant applications are in process for more than eight grants with final applications due mid-July and early August. A site visit to brief U.S. Congressman Larsen was attended by Executive Somers, county staff, BNSF representatives, and community representatives in early July.

Project Schedule*

• 90% Design/Cost Estimate/Project Specifications – Fall 2018
• Permitting – 2018/2019
• Complete Bid Package/Advertise for Bid – fall 2019
• Construct – 2020
• Ribbon Cutting – fall 2020
*Schedule subject to change based on budget process, BNSF approval and permitting

Upcoming Meetings:

Grant Presentations – August 2018 (Olympia)

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

       Email: [email protected]

       Phone: 425-388-6619