Seattle's First Hill streetcar project begins this month with utility relocations, followed by track and street construction in June, lasting until February or March. The bike lane and the northbound road lane will be built mostly in mid-2013.
Now that Capitol Hill residents are accustomed to light-rail construction, Seattle’s streetcar project is set to bring more noise and disruption.
Utility relocations start this month, followed by track and street construction in June, lasting until February or March. The bike lane and the northbound road lane will be built mostly in mid-2013.
Passenger service for the new First Hill Streetcar is scheduled for early 2014.
Wherever workers are tearing open and repaving the road, one lane of traffic will be reduced. Crews will be proceeding simultaneously through four sections of the 2 ½-mile route: Broadway, Yesler Way and 14th Avenue, South Jackson Street through the Chinatown International District, and Pioneer Square to Union Station.
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Already, Sound Transit is extracting and trucking away tons of muck across Broadway day and night from the light-rail tunneling operation.
That traffic should decrease by summer, when tunneling in the area is done, said spokesman Bruce Gray.
Down in Pioneer Square, the city this fall will strengthen old steel bridges that support the streets alongside King Street Station, then lay tracks for the streetcar.
More construction is headed to the historic area because of the Highway 99 tunnel project, which will bring detours and in 2016 the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
“The streetcar is the least of our worries,” says Leslie Smith, executive director of the Alliance for Pioneer Square.
— Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter