The station has 150 workers on site and is set for completion in September, according to project manager Mark Pickerill. Then, after further prep and train testing, the station. along with two others on the Northgate extension, will open in 2021.

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Sound Transit showed off its construction progress at Roosevelt Station on Thursday, as a North Seattle subway extension is 70 percent complete.

The U District and Roosevelt underground stations, and an elevated Northgate station, are on track to open by September 2021, as a 4.3-mile mostly tunneled extension. The monthly progress report shows five months of time cushion left in the work schedule, raising the possibility for passenger service to launch earlier — but much work remains, such as track fastening, signals and delivery of new Siemens railcars. Voters approved the $1.9 billion project in 2008.

Roosevelt Station includes a staircase down to boarding level, to prevent delays and crowding in the event escalators fail. Escalator stalls have been a chronic problem for more than two years at the University of Washington Station, which was completed in 2016 with only escalators serving the train level 95 feet deep, to fit the station’s steep, narrow geometry.

A portion of the U District Station near Northeast 45th Street is being redesigned to add a permanent staircase in the center of the station, while two down escalators at UW Station will be replaced with stairs.

Coincidentally, at the same time as the Roosevelt tour, locally owned Dick’s Drive-In held a news conference in Kent, to oppose Sound Transit’s plans to include the restaurant property at 22420 Pacific Highway S. among six possible locations to condemn land for a future train-maintenance base.

That light-rail corridor, from Angle Lake to Federal Way, adds three stations and is scheduled to open in 2024. Mayor Dana Ralph suggests Sound Transit use land at the former Midway Landfill.