Swift Network News | Construction Update for December 15, 2017

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 Vol. 2, Issue 20

Early-morning crews install the foundation for one of the many light poles that will illuminate the new transit center.

Early-morning crews install the foundation for one of the many light poles that will illuminate the new transit center. 

Storm Vault Work to be Completed By Year’s End

Construction on the Seaway Transit Center will reach a milestone before the end of the year, as crews complete the final steps of installing the massive storm drainage vault, completely burying it before taking a holiday break the week of Dec. 25. Other work on-site includes installing concrete foundations for the many light poles that will one day illuminate the transit center.

Meanwhile, road crews expect lane closures through Dec. 22 on the following schedule:

75th Street SW
Both directions will be down to a single lane from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The eastbound bus stop just east of the construction should re-open by the end of the week.

Seaway Blvd.
Single-lane closures are likely 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

All Seaway construction takes a break Dec. 25-Jan. 1. 

Information about the Seaway Transit Center is online at www.communitytransit.org/seaway.

Series of Webcasts Answers Questions Live 

If you’ve ever wanted to ask questions about Swift Green Line construction directly from Community Transit, you now have that opportunity every month!

Community Transit Live is currently featuring a series of webcasts focusing exclusively on the Swift Green Line and its construction projects.

The first episode aired on Dec. 7 and gave in-depth information about the Swift Green Line route and its construction projects, then took questions from attendees.

More livestreams to come! Watch our website, like our Facebook page or subscribe to this newsletter for an announcement of the next Community Transit Live event.

Webcast recordings are available at www.communitytransit.org/ctlive and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communitytransit.

Community Transit Live webcast

Eastside Work Focusing on Preparations for Rain Garden

The construction crews working near the intersection of 128th Street SW and I-5 will be off on Christmas Day, but are expected to be back at work on Dec. 26.

West of I-5

Irrigation repair will be completed Dec. 15. The week of Dec. 18 will be quiet on the west side, but the following week will see crews installing railings on the retaining wall near Denny’s. Workers will remain within the unopened lane, so there should be no impact to traffic.

East of I-5

Beginning next week and continuing into the new year, crews will focus on excavation and trench work east of I-5, installing utility conduits and clearing space for a rain garden to control runoff.

Other work in this area may include wall grading and demolishing the current bus pad.

Information about the 128th Street project is online at www.communitytransit.org/128th.

More curbs will be created along Airport Rd. the week of Dec. 18-22.

Intermittent Single-Lane Closures Expected Next Week 

The week of Dec. 18-22 will be a busy one as crews attempt to complete the current stage of construction and prepare to begin a different stage in the new year.

Crews will be working at six station sites next week, grading, boring, and pouring concrete. Daytime work hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and nighttime work hours are 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, both the northbound and southbound right-hand lanes of Airport Rd. will be closed overnight at the Kasch Park Rd. stations to accommodate boring on both sides of the road. Otherwise, single-lane closures are scheduled as follows:


Single-lane closures will occur on the northbound side of Airport Rd. just north of Hwy. 99 on Thursday night; at the 112th St. station on Wednesday and Thursday night; and at the Kasch Park Rd. station during the day Monday through Wednesday.


On southbound Airport Rd. nighttime single-lane closures will occur at the 100th St. station Sunday-Tuesday and at the 112th St. station Sunday-Thursday. A daytime single-lane closure will happen on Friday at the 100th St. station.

Crews are off Dec. 23-Jan. 1, and will be back at work the night of Jan. 2.

Information about the stations for Swift Green Line is online at www.communitytransit.org/swiftstations. 

Swift Green Line is Coming in Early 2019

Swift is Community Transit's Bus Rapid Transit service. Bus Rapid Transit is different than regular local bus service — stations are spaced further apart, fares are paid at the station, buses come by more often, and passengers get on and off the bus in about 10 seconds.

The Swift Green Line will operate between the Canyon Park Park & Ride in Bothell and the new Seaway Transit Center being constructed near the Boeing Everett plant. It is expected to begin service in early 2019.

When the Swift Green Line connects with the existing Swift Blue Line at Highway 99 & Airport Road, it will establish Snohomish County’s first high-capacity transit network. The network will eventually include more Swift lines and Link light rail.

Along the Swift Green Line, 34 highly visible stations will provide weather protection, seating, adequate lighting, real-time next bus signs, and a rider information kiosk. ORCA smart card readers and ticket vending machines will provide quick and easy ways for riders to pay their fare before boarding their Swift bus.

Stations will be constructed throughout 2018 in stages: underground utility work, concrete platforms, and finally the station structures.

Swift Green Line will begin service in early 2019.

Swift Green Line Service Map