So far, it sounds like the Montlake Murmur won’t be a big problem on Capitol Hill.
Though some residents in the Montlake neighborhood continue to be plagued by the sounds of supply trains running up and down the tunneling tracks, the vibrations reported around Volunteer Park as the tunnel boring machine passed below earlier this month seem to have mostly faded away.
Candice, the woman we spoke to after a sleepless night for her Volunteer Park-are family, tells us that, fingers crossed, the vibrations seemed to have moved on with the tunnel machine.
“Very shortly after that we did not experience any more turbulence from the boring – just regular city life rumbling and grumblings,” she writes. “I’m hoping past experience in the Montlake neighborhood doesn’t come true and that we don’t feel/hear supply trucks in a coupe of weeks.”
Three other households around Volunteer Park who reported less severe vibrations say that the disturbance has also passed for them.
On Wednesday night, Sound Transit official addressed a meeting of a Montlake community group and said that it was too early to measure the effectiveness of their most recent attempts to reduce the noise of supply trains traveling beneath the area. They also said the vibrations could continue through the end of the year given the current construction schedule and six months of “cross tunneling” that will be needed to connect the two light rail passages for fire safety requirements.