Failing embankment on Marine Drive awaiting permanent fix

In the meantime, a 20 mph speed limit is in effect at the spot south of Norman Road.

Ursula Denison, of Camano Island, is concerned about safety on Marine Drive south of Norman Road, south of Stanwood, at a spot where the embankment gave way.

Temporary fixes have been made.

“However, when looking closely, the asphalt is just barely hanging on on the right side,” Denison writes. “The undercut is clearly visible when driving slow. The bank is not stable. Is the county or state waiting for a school bus to fall into the abyss?”

The spot is prone to slides.

There were multiple slides in the area during the 1990s, according to county staff. Repairs were made. Then, in 2016, road crews found the embankment was starting to move.

After a few months of monitoring, the county shifted the lanes east, away from the embankment, and posted a reduced 20 mph speed limit.

Still, Denison said no one seems to observe the safety rule.

“It is more dangerous every day,” she said.

Snohomish County Public Works is working on a long-term solution, project manager Oscar Fuentes said.

“We are currently working through our design and right-of-way acquisition process to see if construction can be started this year,” he said. “In the meantime, we will continue to monitor Marine Drive.”

In all, the project is expected to cost $1.1 million.

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