A construction worker caulks the siding on a townhouse at The Towns at Riverfront housing development in Everett last October. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

A construction worker caulks the siding on a townhouse at The Towns at Riverfront housing development in Everett last October. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Fix set for traffic woes at Riverfront townhomes in Everett

Trains have been blocking access to one side of the new housing development.

EVERETT — Polygon Northwest, the builder behind Everett’s Riverfront development, has been working with the city and others to resolve roads being blocked by trains.

On Thursday, the state signed off on the proposed fix.

In its current stage, the Riverfront development has two sections. The area with houses is accessed by 41st Street and the area with townhomes is accessed by Pacific Avenue. Eventually, they are supposed to meet in the middle and share a road, a city park and a commercial area.

Everyone involved has stayed mum about when the commercial construction might start.

Meanwhile, people in the townhomes have been complaining about lengthy road closures from stopped trains at Pacific and Eclipse Mill Road.

A gravel road connects the townhomes to 41st Street, but so far only emergency vehicles have been allowed to use that route. Polygon has proposed building an electronic gate there with key cards for residents.

The situation is complicated by the nearby former landfill, which is under a consent decree involving the state Department of Ecology. The decree has language limiting public access.

The Riverfront developers, the city and the landfill owners reached out to the state last month. Its findings, issued Thursday, say the key-card system should be OK.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @rikkiking.

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