By: KIRO 7 News Staff
EDMONDS, Wash. – The Edmonds City Council is preparing for a controversial vote Tuesday night that could give emergency vehicles access to the city’s waterfront.
About 7,000 people signed a petition to stop the connector bridge from Edmonds Street and Sunset Avenue to Brackett’s Landing North.
The reason it’s needed, according to some city officials, is simple.
When the railroad crossing at Main street or at Dayton Street is blocked by a train, emergency vehicles can’t get through. The connector bridge would allow access.
Opponents say they’re concerned about the size, the views and the environment, while supporters say it’s clearly needed for safety reasons.
Tuesday’s vote would allow the City Council to begin some design work for the connector and an environmental study.
The city has been working on the solution since 2016.