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

Status:

Consultants continuing to work on 90% plans, specifications and cost estimates for submittal to BNSF and the County. Corps of Engineers has initiated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with NMFS and USFWS. The project ranked well for the ALEA ($500K), ESRP ($1M), SRFB ($800K), WWRP-water access ($500K) grants with awards pending state budget process. Applications for 2018 Fed Rail Grant ($3.5M) still under review. County actively pursuing construction funding. 

Project Schedule*

  • 90% Design/Cost Estimate/Project Specifications – Fall 2018
  • Permitting – 2018/2019
  • Complete Bid Package/Advertise for Bid – fall 2019
  • Construct – 2020-2021
  • Ribbon Cutting – Spring 2021

*Schedule subject to change based on budget process, BNSF approval and permitting

Upcoming and Recent Meetings:

Construction Haul Route Public Mtg – February 20, 2019 (Meeting materials posted below)

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Contact Person: 

Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation
Email Logan Daniels
Phone: 425-388-6619