Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project

PROJECT SCHEDULE/PARK CLOSURE INFORMATION*

Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project: Construction and park closure June 15, 2021 through fall 2021 

Construction and limited park access for the Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project will begin on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 and will continue through the fall. The project is estimated to be fully completed in the spring of 2022. 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. 


Park closure information:  

  • There will be no beach/ADA access during construction.
  • Hike-in access only from the main parking lot (156th St SW) to approx. location of Ranger Residence with no portable restroom facilities available along or at the bottom of the trail.
  • Limited vehicle access (County, Contractor, and Resident) and no walk-in access from 75th Place West.
  • No kayak beach camping will be permitted during construction.
  • If construction is suspended during extended periods of unsuitable weather or other conditions, temporary public access may be provided. 

Construction Timeline (Tentative): June 15, 2021 to spring 2022

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

Construction: Park closure June 15, 2021 through fall 2021. Estimated completion is spring 2022.

Advertise, Bid, Award: Bids were opened on March 16, 2021 and Council awarded the contract to Strider Construction on March 31, 2021.

Permits Received: 

  • Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits 14, 27, 42; Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Hydraulic Project Application; Washington State Department of Ecology Construction Stormwater Permit
  • Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Petition to Reconstruct a Grade Separation (Undercrossing);Shoreline Substantial Development; Shoreline Conditional Use, Snohomish County Flood Hazard, Land Disturbance Activity Permit;
  • Commercial Building Permit for Restroom Enclosure; Commercial Building Permit for Pedestrian Bridge Abutments; Critical Area Site Plans (3) recorded
  • SEPA: Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) issued: May 29, 2019
  • NEPA: Categorical Exemption (Federal Rail Admin) issued March 2, 2020; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Concurrence with Programmatic EIS issued February 24, 2021
  • Permits to be Issued During Construction: City of Edmonds Haul Permit/Right-of-way Use Permit; Electrical permit; Demolition permit; Commercial Building Permit for Pedestrian Bridge

BNSF/County Underpass Agreement – Priority status with BNSF Legal Team, executed by Snohomish County June 10, 2021.

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PROJECT CONSTRUCTION COST AND FUNDING

  • Estimated total construction cost: $15M
  • Total grants received: $6,954,000
    • Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP) - Water Access Grant - $604,000
    • Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) Grant - $500,000
    • Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) Grant - $800,000
    • Estuary Salmon and Restoration Program Grant - $1,000,000
    • Federal Rail Administration Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety Improvement (FRA/CRISI) Grant - $3,500,000
    • National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grant - $300,000
    • Restore America’s Estuaries National Estuary Program – Coastal Watershed Grant (NEP/CWG) - $250,000
    • County (REET/Councilmatic Bonds) - $8.046M


PRESENTATIONS

  • Presented project update to Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee June 19, 2019
  • Construction Haul Route Public Meeting – February 20, 2019
  • Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee May 20, 2020
  • Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council September 24, 2020 

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Contact Person: 

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