FERNDALE, Wash. — Work has begun around the Thornton Street Overpass project site and it has been announced that, in the absence of a ground breaking ceremony, city staff are collecting mementos and contributions from the public to be shared with the community at the completion of the planned 18-month preloading process.
The lengthy preloading phase is necessary to stabilize and compress the soil beneath the ramps leading to the bridge segment of the overpass. “It’s a lengthy and relatively unexciting phase of the project,” according to Capital Projects Manager Katy Radder.
”With the pandemic, a traditional groundbreaking would be difficult to attend,” said Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen in today’s announcement. “This will allow the public an alternative way to engage with this exciting project.”
City staff say they are expecting the Thornton Street overpass project will be completed sometime in 2023.