With U-Link ‘97.8%’ complete, week of emergency drills scheduled for Capitol Hill Station

Sound Transit says: "The final section of the Red Wall surrounding the Capitol Hill Station came down last week. Over the past five years, the wall has been home to the temporary art by over 40 Seattle area artists. This is a very exciting milestone for University Link. " (Image: Sound Transit)

Sound Transit says: “The final section of the Red Wall surrounding the Capitol Hill Station came down last week. Over the past five years, the wall has been home to the temporary art by over 40 Seattle area artists. This is a very exciting milestone for University Link. ” (Image: Sound Transit)

As Capitol Hill Station prepares to open for service in 2016 (along with some special local art), Seattle-area first responders will be practicing emergency and rescue drills in the subterranean facility and twin light rail tunnels:

Sound Transit will host a series of emergency drills with Seattle first responders next MondayThursday at the new University of Washington and Capitol Hill light rail stations. These drills are part of the commissioning process for the new University Link light rail line from downtown Seattle to UW that opens early next year. The drills offer local fire, police and aid crews a chance to familiarize themselves with the stations and emergency protocols. While the drills will take place entirely inside the stations and tunnels, neighbors can expect to see a large number of fire, police and medical vehicles in the vicinity of the station onCapitol Hill at Broadway and John and at UW just outside Husky Stadium.

UWCapitol Hill
Demolition100%100%
Station Excavation100%100%
Tunnel construction – TBM mining100%100%
Tunnel Construction – Cross Passage Excavation and Lining100%100%
Station construction100%98.6%
Power Systems & Track (overall) – 97.8%97.8%97.8%
U-Link Overall 98.7%

Meanwhile, Sound Transit happily reports the Big Red Wall is officially gone:

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4 thoughts on “With U-Link ‘97.8%’ complete, week of emergency drills scheduled for Capitol Hill Station

  1. On the ST FB page, they said their contractors are even re-opening the sidewalk on John (FINALLY!) this week.

    Denny festival street is supposedly also going to open and stay open after the station opens.

    • Sound Transit distributes the table with its regular U-Link “construction updates” and posts here (latest not posted yet)

      North Link can be found here (not % table yet though)

  2. Is Denny going to open as a through street at the station? Denny between Olive and Broadway is already a bit of a dragstrip, I only imagine it getting worse in that case.