Reminder: Broadway ‘lane reductions’ for light rail ‘underground pedestrian concourse’ begin Monday

unnamed (3)Governor Christie apparently has nothing to do with this. A year of construction on Broadway at Denny is slated to begin Monday as Sound Transit contractors dig in on a new pedestrian concourse to access the future Capitol Hill Station:

Lane closures on Broadway start Monday January 13

Beginning  Monday, January 13, 2014 construction will begin on the underground pedestrian concourse that will connect the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station to the west side of Broadway.

To build the concourse, Sound Transit’s contractors must excavate portions of the road and sidewalks on Broadway between E Howell Street and E Denny Way.

This work will take place in two stages:

  • Stage 1 (January to July 2014): Construction crews will close the west side of Broadway, just south of E Denny Way, to build the concourse in an open trench.
  • Stage 2 (July to December 2014): Crews will close the east side of Broadway, just south of E Denny Way, to complete the concourse.

Crews will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Broadway. Flaggers and signs will direct traffic.

What to expect during construction

  • Lane reductions will remain in place 24/7 during this work.
  • Intermittent daytime noise while crews use saws and jackhammers to break up concrete and install soldier piles to support the excavation.
  • Sidewalk closures and street parking restrictions at the construction site.
  • The bus stop on the west side of Broadway between E Howell Street and E Denny Way will be closed from January through July 2014. The closest bus stop is located one block south, directly in front of Seattle Central Community College.
  • Access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Construction concerns
Major construction can be disruptive to communities. If you have any construction related questions or concerns, please call Sound Transit’s Central Corridor line at (206) 398-5300 or email us at For after business hour construction issues please use our 24-hour construction hotline at 888-298-2395.

CHS reported on the “extraordinarily lucky” construction progress for Sound Transit on the U-Link light rail line in December. The project’s excellent construction progress so far has helped Sound Transit begin planning an earlier-than-expected start of service for the line in 2016.

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6 thoughts on “Reminder: Broadway ‘lane reductions’ for light rail ‘underground pedestrian concourse’ begin Monday

  1. Neither the map nor the italicized text, both presumably from Sound Transit, make any mention of the 2-way bike lanes on the east side of Broadway, which presently run southwards from Denny to about Madison.

    Any hint as to how they will be affected by the construction (or why Sound Transit is seemingly unaware of them)?

    Suspect heading down Harvard or 11th to Pine is the answer.

    • Would they be impacted? We’re talking about less then half a block of construction here, and I think they may stop just south of there.

      A year, though. Really? Just to dig a tunnel across the street?

    • I like the …”remains open for two-way traffic” as well. It’s been reduced down to two lanes now with tracks and bike lane.

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  4. Did SDOT not know that they were going to have to close the sb lanes on broadway s of denny for construction when they painted the northbound lanes for the bike-way? Seems pretty absurd that the bike way was completed with fanfare in 2013, only to be shut down again due to the lane closure. The bikeway from pine to howell is basically useless because once you get to howell, you’ve got no where to go, unless you detour through cal anderson.