It’s back to the Ecology board for BNSF in the state of Washington.
The Class 1’s permit to replace a bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington was denied by the Washington State Department of Ecology. BNSF plans to reapply for the permit, but it has some work to do.
The Department of Ecology needs to see plans dealing with water quality protection, debris management, and construction methodology. The Class 1 also needs to complete an environmental review that would evaluate ecological impacts of the project.
BNSF, which wants to build a new bridge 30 ft downstream from the 122-year-old bridge, plans to resubmit the permit application as soon as possible. The project also will include the installation of 2,270 ft of new rail to connect the existing tracks to the new bridge.