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Port of Edmonds backs exploration of crossing alternatives

The Port of Edmonds Commissioners announced on Monday their support for a study exploring alternatives to grade crossings. The commission will contribute $25,000 toward the effort.

The current crossings at the Washington state port have blocked public, commercial and emergency access to the Edmonds waterfront, port officials said in a press release.

"These crossings have been a topic of discussion at the port for many years," Port Commission President David Preston said in a press release. "On behalf of the port and my fellow commissioners, we are looking forward to partnering with the city of Edmonds on this study to identify practical alternatives to the existing situation."

The Washington State Senate preliminarily approved providing $1.25 million for the study and design of crossing alternatives, but Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling stressed that additional efforts would be required to secure state funding for the project.

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