Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 44 | Construction Update for June 8, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 44

Swift training station before and after painting

The Swift training station at the Merrill Creek Operating Base, during and after repainting.

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Station Repainting Begins Monday, June 11

Swift Blue Line stations have been power washed and prepped for a repainting project that begins on June 11.

Painting crews will close two stations at a time to repaint them with a specially formulated high-performance paint. 

The first two stations to be closed on June 11 are:

  • Northbound, Everett Station
  • Southbound, Wetmore @ Pacific

Stations will remain closed for about a week.

Painting crews will paint two stations at a time, working their way south on Hwy. 99. When the southern terminal station at Aurora Village is complete, crews will head back north, painting the northbound stations two at a time. 

Detailed information about the project, including a schedule, can be found online at www.communitytransit.org/SwiftPaint

How will I use the Swift station when it's closed?

While painting, the entire station will be enclosed so the work can be done quickly and in an environmentally safe manner. The top photo above shows the Swift training station enclosed during the painting process.

ORCA readers and ticket vending machines will not be operable at a closed station; riders are expected to pay their fare when they get off of the Swift bus.

Sidewalks will remain open, and Swift buses will pick up and drop off passengers at the nearest local bus stop, less than 100 feet away.

Notice will be posted at each station a week before it closes and will include directions to the nearest local stop.

What is the Swift Blue Line?

Click here to see how the Swift Blue Line and the Swift Green Line will connect.

The Swift Blue Line provides bus rapid transit service on Highway 99, serving 29 stations between its terminals at Everett Station and Aurora Village Transit Center. The Blue Line has been in operation since 2009.

Information about Swift Blue Line is online at www.communitytransit.org/swiftblue.

128th Street Project
Traffic island on westbound 128th St and I-5 on-ramp

Evening Lane Closures Sunday, June 10 on Both Sides of I-5

On Sunday, June 10, construction crews will work at night to grind asphalt in traffic lanes on both sides of the I-5 overpass. Only one lane will be closed at a time, and both of the I-5 on-ramps will remain open. Lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. as follows:

  • Eastbound: Crews will close one lane for grinding, then re-open it before moving to the next lane. 
  • Westbound: Only the far-right lane near the northbound I-5 on-ramp will be closed.

East of I-5

The week of June 11-15 will see crews working during the day in two areas on the east side of I-5:

  • Traffic island: Weather permitting, concrete for the traffic island at the northbound I-5 on-ramp will be formed and poured this week (see photo). This work will likely require one lane of traffic to be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. but will not close the northbound I-5 on-ramp.
  • Bus pullout: Crews will remove the sidewalk and perform electrical work in the bus pullout area just before the I-5 overpass. Single-lane closures will occur, if needed, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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

Seaway Transit Center
Seaway concrete fill-ins

Concrete Pouring Nearing Completion

Transit Center Site

Concrete work on the site is nearing completion as crews install sidewalks and curbs and fill in small areas, such as around manhole covers.

75th Street

Alternating single-lane closures are anticipated next week as crews work on sidewalks and driveways east of the transit center site.

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

Swift Green Line Station Construction

Six Stations Under Active Construction Next Week

Six Swift Green Line sites are scheduled for construction next week, with work varying from concrete pouring to storm drain and retaining wall excavation.

Concrete Pouring in Areas 2 and 3

Weather permitting, the following stations in Areas 2 and 3 will receive concrete pours on the following schedule. Expect one lane to be closed at these times:

  • Westbound, 132nd St. and Elgin Way/Dumas Rd.
    Tuesday, June 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Station platform
  • Westbound, 132nd St. and 16th Ave.
    Friday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Eastbound, 132nd St. and 16th Ave.
    Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Curbs, gutters, sidewalks and ramps
  • Northbound, Bothell-Everett Hwy. and Trillium Blvd.
    Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Curbs and gutters
  • Southbound, Bothell-Everett Hwy. and 180th St.
    Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Station foundation

Northbound Bothell-Everett Hwy. and Mill Creek Blvd.

The Swift station site on northbound Bothell-Everett Hwy. just past Mill Creek Blvd. needs one more night of work on the storm drain; this is scheduled from 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, June 11.

Work on the right-turn lane from northbound Bothell-Everett Hwy. onto Mill Creek Blvd. will continue June 11-15 on the following schedule:

  • Monday-Tuesday, nighttime
  • Wednesday-Friday, daytime
    Prepping the foundation with forms and reinforcing bars

Southbound Bothell-Everett Hwy. and 180th St.

A retaining wall is the focus of next week's work at southbound Bothell-Everett Hwy. and 180th St., with work scheduled during day June 11-15. One lane will be closed if needed.

Swift Network News provides the most up-to-date construction information available at publication, but construction schedules are subject to change at any time.

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

Community Transit Live
Matt Coomes on CTLive

Construction Updates and Adventures from Lost & Found

The May 29 Community Transit Live webcast featured construction updates and a special guest -- Matt Coomes, live from the RideStore at Lynnwood Transit Center.

As supervisor of the RideStore, Coomes handles many customer service issues, including Community Transit's Lost and Found items. 

Watch the 30-minute video to get the latest information on Swift Green Line construction and to hear funny stories about the things that people leave behind on buses!

Keep an eye on Swift Network News for the date of the June edition of Community Transit Live.

View previous webcasts, provide feedback or submit questions at www.communitytransit.org/ctlive.

Swift Green Line Info
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.