The City Council Monday afternoon is voting on two pieces of legislation authorizing the granting of easements from three Capitol Hill parks to Sound Transit for construction and maintenance of its twin light rail tunnels that will pass beneath the Hill. Bills 117062 and 117063 document the granting of access Sound Transit needs to be able to engineer the light rail tunnels.
The bills call for Sound Transit to pay a total of $296,500 for the easements beneath Volunteer, Interlaken and Cal Anderson Parks. $20,600 of that is earmarked for Seattle Public Utilities due to its reservoir works beneath Cal Anderson. The rest is destined for the city’s Parks and Recreation fund. The easements convey rights to Sound Transit to tunnel beneath the parks and create “tie backs” to secure the tunnels in place. These structures will be below ground and not visible at the surface.
You can see the tunneling routes for the $1.9 billion Sound Transit project, here.
Sound Transit has forged more than 200 such easements along the future University Link route.
Details on the bills, below.
o Relating to the Department of Parks and Recreation; authorizing the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation to grant and convey easement rights under portions of Volunteer Park and Interlaken Park to the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority for the purposes of installing, repairing, maintaining, and operating tunnels for light rail service, and to accept payment therefore; and finding that the grants of permanent subsurface easements meet the requirements of Ordinance 118477, adopting Initiative
o Relating to Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation; authorizing the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation to enter into easement agreements granting and conveying easement rights under and across portions of Cal Anderson Park to the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority and to accept payment therefor; finding that the grants of temporary and permanent subsurface easements meet the requirements of Initiative 118477, adopting Initiative 42, to the extent applicable; exempting the grant of a temporary surface easement from the requirements of Initiative 118477, to the extent applicable; and authorizing the Director of Seattle Public Utilities to accept a storm drain access easement from the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority.