By next weekend, Sound Transit’s notorious supply tracks underneath the neighborhood will be history. With cross passage work between the twin tunnels nearing completion, supply trains hauling materials and equipment are no longer needed. Crews have already removed the northbound track and have started from Capitol Hill in the southbound tunnel, meaning the last few supply trains will rumble through Montlake next week as the removal process approaches UW Station.
This marks an important phase in construction as work transitions to building the light rail operations track. The U-Link project is past the halfway point, now 55% complete.
Work continues on the pedestrian bridge over Montlake Blvd, with concrete columns visible above the construction fence. In order to build the bridge, the contractor must periodically shut down lanes on the boulevard. Here is the upcoming schedule for lane closures:
SaturdaySunday, September 14- 1516: All northbound lanes, one southbound lane and the east sidewalk closed ( times unspecified, but presumably beginning after the evening rush hour UPDATE Friday 3pm:ST now says 7pm Friday to 6pm Sunday).
Saturday, September 22: One northbound lane, southbound bus lane and east sidewalk closed.
Friday-Monday, September 28-October 1st: All lanes and sidewalks closed.
Up the hill, plans are moving ahead to develop the property above Capitol Hill Station. A Public meeting on Monday will discuss urban design features (plaza and event space, affordable housing, bicycle infrastructure, etc) for a neighborhood that will soon be just a few minutes’ subway ride away.