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We know closing the bridge will affect many daily routes and travel patterns, and we will ask for your patience during construction so we can strengthen our transportation system against seismic events and provide better multimodal travel options along Mukilteo Blvd.
The project team is coordinating closely with the Mukilteo School District and the City of Mukilteo, among other stakeholders, to minimize disruptions to the school transportation network and construction projects in the area. We plan to sequence construction so the bridge will not close until after the 2022-2023 school year ends. School bus routes will be detoured for the 2023-2024 school year, and we are working with the Everett and Mukilteo school districts on that planning. Major routes will have well-marked detour signs, and we will make sure the closure is captured by popular mapping and wayfinding apps.
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There is no economically feasible way to keep the bridge partially open while we rebuild it. The same geography that makes this bridge an essential neighborhood transportation link also makes a detour unavoidable. You can view maps of the general detour route and school detour route when the bridge will be closed during construction, as well as a preliminary map of the construction area. Common driving trips will take 5 to 15 minutes longer during the closure, based on your origin and destination.
There will be no pedestrian access from one side of the project to the other. Due to safety concerns, the City of Everett will not be providing a path down the ravine. On the Mukilteo side of the bridge, we tentatively plan to provide access along the closed portion of Mukilteo Blvd and Mukilteo Lane to facilitate pedestrian and bicycle connections to and from the Mt Baker railroad crossing and Edgewater Beach Park.