Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 31 | Construction Update for March 9, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 31

Seaway Mechanical Building Framed

The Seaway mechanical building takes shape. The columns of a covered entry area are wrapped with blue tarpaulin for protection, while steel beams await walls and a roof. Masonry will cover the metal studs. 

Seaway Transit Center

Mechanical Building Takes Shape

Transit Center Site

The building that will house mechanical functions of the Seaway Transit Center is now being framed. The steel beams will support an overhang and the metal studs will provide the backbone for masonry walls and a metal roof that will be installed over the coming months.

Concrete footings for bus shelter sites around the transit center have been poured and are ready for the shelter structures; installation of the structures should begin in April.

75th Street

Foundations for the final three traffic light poles are now complete, and the poles themselves will be in place next week. The traffic lights will be operational in 2-3 months.

Seaway Blvd.

Construction crews took two days this week to add sub-base gravel in what will eventually be two bus pullouts along Seaway Blvd. In late spring, the gravel will be covered with concrete to form the bus pullouts, gutters, curbs and sidewalks for transit center users.

See a short video of the gravel being compacted at bit.ly/2FIxWho.

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

Community Transit Live
Community Transit Live

Ask Questions in Real Time on March 15 and 28

Community Transit Live will air twice this month, with one-hour webcasts providing real-time information about Swift Green Line construction and the agency’s newly released service and fare change proposals for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

Join us on either of these dates:

  • Thursday, March 15, 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 12-1 p.m.

If you aren’t able to attend the live webcast, visit www.communitytransit.org/ctlive ahead of time to submit your questions in advance of the webcast.

A subtitled recording of each Community Transit Live is posted online within two business days.

More details and recordings of previous webcasts are available at www.communitytransit.org/ctlive.

128th Street Project
Damaged Foundation

Damaged Foundation May Delay Traffic Signage

West of I-5

On the west side of I-5, a recently completed foundation for future traffic signage may have to wait a little longer.

The foundation — which will eventually support a pole, mast and signage designating the new bus-only lane — was hit by a vehicle last weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will inspect the foundation to determine the extent of the damage.

Swift Network News will publish the results of the inspection and information about any delays the accident may have caused as soon as the information is available.

East of I-5

Work on the east side of I-5 has slowed pending the completion of work being done in a joint utility trench between 3rd Ave. and the on-ramp to northbound I-5.

Several utility companies have work to do in this trench, and it is hard to predict how long it will take to complete.

Community Transit will begin grading for new curbs, sidewalks and driveways in this area as soon as the green light is given. 

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

Swift Green Line Station Construction

Work to Begin on Stations at Elgin Way/Dumas Rd.

Just before press time, Swift Network News learned that construction crews are set to break ground on 128th St. SE at the Elgin Way/Dumas Rd. intersection, at the site of future Swift Green Line stations on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the street.

It is unclear exactly when construction will begin or whether the work will be done during the day or at night. Next week’s Swift Network News will have complete information.

Meanwhile, construction on other Swift Green Line stations has been slowed somewhat while waiting for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to review and approve materials and traffic control plans.

When the approvals are received, crews will immediately break ground on the last station of Area 2 and move quickly into Area 3 (see map below) to work their way south along the corridor of the Swift Green Line.

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

Swift Green Line Construction Area Map

Construction Includes Four Areas, Several Stages

The Swift Green Line will run between the Canyon Park Park & Ride in Bothell and the Seaway Transit Center, which is currently under construction near the Boeing Everett plant.

Swift Green Line buses will serve 34 stations at 16 intersections and two terminals every 10 minutes weekdays, and every 20 minutes nights and weekends.

Community Transit is building the stations in stages: underground utility work, concrete platforms, and finally the station structures.

Construction began in Area 1, the northernmost part of the route, and will generally move east and south, resulting in each station being visited several times in 2018.

Swift 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 a Swift bus.

The Swift Green Line will connect with the Swift Blue Line at Hwy 99 & Airport Rd., establishing Snohomish County’s first high-capacity transit network. The network will eventually include more Swift lines and Link light rail.

The Swift Green Line will begin service in spring 2019.