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


90% plans, specifications and cost estimates are currently under review by BNSF, the County and City of Edmonds. Parks has received the Corps of Engineers permit. The two Shorelines Permits are into Ecology for comment. The County was successful at receiving $500K from Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, $950K from the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program,  $800K from Salmon Recovery Funding Board and $3.5M from the U.S.D.O.T Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement fund (see Herald Article posted below). The County is continuing to pursue construction funding including a request for $25K from the Utilities and Transportation Commission. The County is continuing to review and comment on the BNSF Underpass Agreement that is required to be executed prior to project acceptance by BNSF.

Project Construction Cost and Funding:

Estimated total Construction Cost -  $15M

Grants received: Approximately -  $5.8 M

County 2019/2020* Capital Budget - $2.3M

*$400K local funds remaining from 2019 and $1.9M in local funds requested for 2020 in the 6-yr Capital Improvement Project Budget which is subject to on-going budget process to be finalized fall 2019.

Project Schedule*

  • 100% Design/Cost Estimate/Project Specifications – fall 2018
  • Permitting – Anticipate issuance fall 2018
  • Complete Bid Package/Advertise for Bid – fall 2019/winter 2020
  • Construct – 2020-2021
  • Ribbon Cutting – Spring 2021

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

Upcoming and Recent Meetings:

Presented project update to Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee June 19, 2019

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