It’s no Boring Report, but Sound Transit has issued a “construction alert” to notify the area around the future Capitol Hill Station. Details of the new, loud phase are below.
The portion of the station project the pile driving will advance has seemingly been one of the more problematic for Sound Transit contractors.
The pedestrian underpass beneath Broadway just south of Denny was planned as a safer way for students to cross to the station via an underground tunnel but the construction project is well behind schedule and a tunnel descent for a cross-street walk seems overdone as Capitol Hill Station takes shape.
The work was originally planned 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.
Stage 2 is now, apparently, ready to begin. Sound Transit planners say the new U-Link extension between downtown and UW via Capitol Hill remains on pace to be open by early 2016.
Pile installation to begin September 29
As early as September 29, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin work to prepare for the second phase of the Broadway pedestrian concourse construction. Crews will drill piles to form the support system for the excavation of the cut and cover pedestrian concourse underneath the east side Broadway.
When the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station opens, the underground pedestrian concourse will allow riders to access the station from the west side of Broadway.
This work will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Pile installation on the east side of Broadway is expected to take approximately one month.
What to expect during this work:
Intermittent noise from saws and jackhammers used to break up concrete and hammering noise from the machinery used to drill the piles. The noise is loudest when drill rigs shake off the excavated dirt.
Frequent truck traffic hauling materials to and from the site.
Madison Bus Rapid Transit Study
Meanwhile, SDOT will host an “open house” to talk about its study of “bus rapid transit” to serve Madison from Elliott Bay to 23rd Ave E:
Tuesday, September 30th, 5-7pm: Please join us for the first Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project Definition Study Open House. This open house is the kick-off to a year-long study of bus rapid transit along Madison from Colman Dock to 23rd Avenue East. Come to learn more about the study, bus rapid transit, and to share your knowledge of the corridor with the project team. We want to hear from you about how transit can be improved along Madison, as well as about key opportunities for pedestrian and bike connections and streetscape improvements.
Tuesday, September 30th, 5-7pm
Brief Presentation at 5:30
Silver Cloud Hotel
1100 Broadway, Seattle 98122
In 2013, CHS reported on the city’s decision to fund the “preliminary engineering and environmental analysis” study for a bus-based system after a streetcar was deemed unfeasible on Madison. With planned corridor improvements in place, SDOT has forecasted about 6,000 new transit riders along Madison.
And now a poem about Capitol Hill Station: