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Putting the rail in Capitol Hill light rail, Sound Transit contractors ready to lay track

Crane, originally
uploaded by aaronbrethorst.

Notice a little more action around the Capitol Hill Station construction site at Broadway and Denny? Sound Transit says the light rail tracks have arrived:

Potential noise impacts at Capitol Hill Station

Starting Thursday, April 18, 2013, through Sunday, April 21, 2013, the rails for the section of tunnel between Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle will arrive at the Capitol Hill Station.

The trucks carrying the rail will approach the construction site from the south on Broadway and enter the site at the Broadway entrance to unload the rail. After the delivery is complete, the rail will be lowered by crane into the station box where it will be welded and rolled down the track bed inside each tunnel.

To minimize traffic impacts from these large vehicles, the delivery will take place at night. Sound Transit’s contractor has obtained a noise variance from the City of Seattle in order to deliver and unload the rail.

What to expect during this work:

  • Increased truck activity near the site.
  • Intermittent noise from trucks entering the site and from crane operations.
  • Flashing lights from trucks.

For further information, please contact Sound Transit community outreach: Andrea Burnett at 206-398-5300

For issues that need immediate attention after normal business hours, call Sound Transit’s 24-hour construction hotline: (888) 298-2395.

You can check out the live cam of the construction site here. This is what it looked like Thursday morning:

Screen shot 2013-04-18 at 9.02.35 AM

And on April 18, 2012...

And on April 18, 2012…

And in 2011...

And in 2011…

And in August 2010

And in August 2010

The $110 million station is planned to be completed and ready for operation in three years. Construction began in spring 2009 as blocks of Broadway retail buildings were demolished. Contractors took less than a year to dig a three-mile long set of twin tunnels connecting UW’s Husky Stadium to downtown via Capitol Hill. The $1.9 billion dollar U-Link project will extend Sound Transit’s light rail line from downtown with an expected start of service in late 2016.

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