Our job is building a mass transit system that connects you with the Puget Sound region. As Sound Transit's CEO, I can assure you that everyone here - including our Board of Directors, staff and consultants - is committed to bringing you safe and reliable service.
Joni Earl, Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer
CEO Report for October 9, 2015
Mudslide work underway
Riders on our Sounder north line trains have probably noticed the construction work going on in four slide-prone areas near Everett and Mukilteo. That work will, hopefully, help keep those trains running through the rainy season.
Work began in August at the sites, three near Mukilteo and the other near Everett, and includes retaining walls, slide detection fences for early mudslide warning, erosion control and improved drainage systems. The four projects are expected to be completed by the end of this month. Two other projects between Edmonds and Mukilteo were completed in 2013. The good news is that no train blocking events occurred in those two areas during the last rainy season.
The construction effort is part of the $16.1 million in federal funds targeted in six areas near Everett and Mukilteo to reduce the risk of mudslides. The State Department of Transportation, along with BNSF Railway Company, Amtrak, Sound Transit and local jurisdictions are working together on the mudslide issue between Everett and Seattle.
Meanwhile, many more riders are taking the Sounder north line this year. Through August, boardings were up 18 percent compared to 2014.
Traffic warning ahead. Starting today and lasting all weekend, westbound traffic on Interstate 90 between Bellevue Way and Rainier Avenue South will be reduced to one lane and detoured onto the I-90 express lanes. The closure is needed to continue upgrading the operations systems inside the Mount Baker tunnel and Mercer Island lid in preparation for East Link light rail.
Four more weekend-long directional closures are scheduled before the end of this year.
When East Link trains are running in 2023, there will be full-time HOV lanes for both east and westbound traffic on the outer I-90 roadways and new direct access ramps for transit and HOVs on Mercer Island and in Bellevue. Trains will run on the I-90 bridge center roadway. The 14-mile East Link project also includes 10 new stations connecting Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Overlake.
Tacoma Trestle update
We’re inviting people to visit our website for an online Tacoma Trestle open house to check out the trestle’s 100 percent design and learn more about next steps. The online open house will be available through Oct. 28.
This is a very important project in the Tacoma area. Sound Transit is replacing the 100-year-old wooden single-track railroad trestle east of Freighthouse Square with a concrete double-track bridge that will support increased Sounder passenger service by 2017 and improve reliability for Amtrak trains.
--Mike Harbour, Sound Transit Acting CEO
The Sound Transit Capital Committee on Thursday:
- Approved a contract with Jacobs Engineering, Inc. to provide civil construction management consultant services for the preconstruction phase of the Seattle to South Bellevue segment of the East Link Extension in the amount of $4,721,795, with a 5 percent contingency of $236,090, for a total authorized contract amount not to exceed $4,957,885.
- Approved the chief executive officer to execute a contract amendment with Jill Anholt (dba Jill Anholt Studio Inc.) to provide artwork fabrication and installation services for the Angle Lake Station plaza within the South 200th Link Extension, in the amount of $272,554 with a 10 percent contingency of $27,255 totaling $299,809, for a new total authorized contract amount not to exceed $349,809.
- Approved a contract amendment with Sean Orlando (dba Engineered Artworks) to provide artwork fabrication and installation services for the Tacoma Gateway D – M Street Sounder Project in the amount of $215,000 with a 10 percent contingency of $21,500 totaling $236,500, for a new total authorized contract amount not to exceed $255,000.
- Approved a contract with M.A. Mortenson Construction Company to provide construction services for the Advanced Work Package of the Northgate Station, Elevated Guideway, and Parking Garage contract within the Northgate Link Extension in the amount of $2,076,139, with a 10 percent contingency of $207,614, for a total authorized contract amount not to exceed $2,283,753.