Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 25 | Construction Update for January 26, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 25

Laying rock for future bus driveways

Rock is being laid for the bus driveway foundation at the future transit center site.

Transit Center Foundation Being Laid Out in Rock

Construction crews at the Seaway Transit Center are spreading a thick layer of course rock across the site, creating bus driveways for the future transit center.

After several inches of course rock have been laid, the driveways will be prepared for at least 10 inches of concrete that will come in the spring.

Other work on the project includes:

  • The chain-link fence on the west side of the site has been moved closer to Seaway Blvd. to give crews more room to work, but will not affect traffic along Seaway.
  • Traffic signal work will continue along the north side of 75th Street SW next week, when foundations will be drilled for three more signal poles.
  • Scheduled concrete work along 75th St. has been delayed due to rainy weather, but crews hope to have the sidewalks along 75th St. in place by the end of next week.
  • Traffic on 75th will to be reduced to one lane in each direction as needed. This pattern of lane closure is expected to continue for several more weeks.

Seaway Blvd. is not scheduled for any lane closures at this time.

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

West Side Construction Done for Now; Landscaping Next

West of I-5

The road-widening work is complete, the bus-only lane is open and the sidewalk and wall near Denny’s are complete, but work on  128th Street west of I-5 isn’t finished.

Landscaping along the new sidewalk is planned for next week, subject to weather conditions.

New traffic poles and lane signage are scheduled to be installed this spring.

East of I-5

Work on the east side of I-5 is focused on backfilling the holes that were dug for infrastructure conduits.

Sidewalks near 3rd Avenue SE are scheduled for demolition some time next week, if weather allows, to give the PUD access to underground utility lines.

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

A new sidewalk and pedestrian wall with guardrail have been completed near Denny’s.

Get Your Live Construction Update Along with Lunch: Noon, Feb. 22

The February Community Transit Live webcast on Swift construction is scheduled for noon on Feb. 22.

The agency’s Communications and Planning staff will present the latest construction updates and plans for the future, as well as take questions from viewers in real time.

It will be the first time that the monthly 30-minute webcast is held during the day. The hope is that this time may work better for those who are unavailable to tune in during the evening.

Visit www.communitytransit.org/ctlive to learn more about the Community Transit Live webcast, view previous episodes, provide feedback, or submit questions ahead of time.

Community Transit Live on Feb. 22 at noon

Stations in Area 1 Nearing Completion of First Construction Stage

Some of the Swift Green Line stations are nearing completion of the first stage of construction.

In Area 1, on northbound Airport Road by Paine Field, stations at 112th St. SW and at Kasch Park Road have received concrete for their platforms and their in-lane bus pads, which completes most of the first-stage work.

As stage 1 work is completed, crews will begin work on new stations along the corridor (see article below).

Station work along Airport Rd. will continue next week, requiring periodic lane closures both day (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and night (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.). 

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

The concrete platform and bus pad at Airport Rd. and 112th St. SW.

Construction Divided into Four Areas

The Swift Green Line will serve 34 stations at 16 intersections and two terminals.

Community Transit is building the stations in stages: underground utility work, concrete platforms, and finally the station structures. Stage 1 began in Area 1, the northernmost part of the route, and will generally move east and south. Subsequent stages will follow the same overall pattern, resulting in each station being touched several times over the next year.

Swift bus rapid transit provides quick, rail-like service, with fares paid at the station and passengers getting on and off the bus in about 10 seconds.

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.

Swift Green Line will begin service in early 2019.

Swift Green Line station construction areas