Broadway Bridge project start date delayed to June
EVERETT - The city is now timing the Broadway Bridge replacement project to start in June.
The 100-year-old bridge over railroad tracks is long overdue for replacement, but the city has spent more than two years negotiating with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to start the work. These negotiations have slowed down the process, city leaders said, and Burlington has to approve the deal before the city can move forward.
Mayor Ray Stephanson said last week the city now expects work to start in June. The city had hoped to start in January. The bridge’s design is nearly complete and ready to build.
City engineer Ryan Sass said previously that negotiations slowed down because of an unusual arrangement the city has with Burlington.
In 1900, the city signed a deal with the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway Company, which would eventually become Burlington Northern Santa Fe, to have the railroad build the Broadway Bridge and many others in the city for the right to bring tracks through downtown. The agreement gave the city domain rights to the land. The agreement requires the railroad to maintain the bridge and the city to maintain the pavement and sidewalks.
The project is pegged to cost $9 million, with federal dollars covering most of the cost. The city is getting $7.3 million in federal bridge replacement dollars. Everett is working with Burlington to split the remaining $1.7 million.
When construction starts, the bridge is scheduled to be closed for one year. Traffic will be diverted onto side streets.
More than 30,000 vehicles use the bridge daily, but engineers found almost one-third of those vehicles are passing through Everett to get to Marysville via Broadway. That could send traffic through downtown or onto Interstate 5.
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