The first of two planned phases of the Jones Road/John Liner Road connector project will include the extension of John Liner Road and an underpass under the railroad tracks.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — BNSF Railway will begin driving pilings Monday as part of the Jones Road/John Liner Road connector project.

It’s the start of the first of two planned phases of the project that will lead to a new railroad underpass and the eventual closure of the current underpass on Sapp Road.

“BNSF is ready to go,” Sedro-Woolley Public Works Director Mark Freiberger said. “It can be noisy and driving the pilings could cause ground vibrations.”

Freiberger compared the noise of driving the pilings to the sound of a .30-06 caliber rifle being shot.

Work is expected to be done 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the pilings for the new underpass will be driven 180 feet deep.

The city will compensate BNSF under a state grant to design and construct the first phase of the project, including the cost of the pilings as well as the design, purchase and installation of the new bridge structure. The new structure is part of the second phase which will begin when the connector road is built.

The project itself is state funded through a state Department of Transportation Rails Program grant.

Those living in the area who could be affected by the work have been notified by the city.

— Reporter Vince Richardson: 360-416-2181, vrichardson@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter:@goskagit, Facebook.com/VinceReports/

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