Construction alert: University of Washington Station

July 3, 2013

The tunneling for the University Link light rail extension is complete and the next step is to begin the installation of the rail along the alignment between the University of Washington Station and the Capitol Hill Station.

Starting Monday, July 8, 2013, through Sunday, July 14, 2013, the rails will be delivered to the University of Washington Station site. The trucks carrying 60' lengths of rail will approach the construction site from the south via I-5 north, to SR520 and then to Montlake Blvd. After the delivery is complete, the rail will be lowered by crane into the station box where it will be welded and then installed in each tunnel.

To minimize traffic impacts from these large vehicles, delivery will take place during the nighttime hours of 8:00 pm and 6:00 am. Sound Transit's contractor has obtained a temporary noise variance from the City of Seattle in order to deliver and unload the rail.

What to expect during this work:

  • Increased truck activity near the site. There will be approximately 6 trucks delivering rail to the site per hour.
  • Intermittent noise from trucks entering the site and from crane operations.
  • Flashing lights from trucks.

For further information, please contact Sound Transit community outreach - Andrea Burnett at 206-398-5300 or

For issues that need immediate attention after normal business hours, call Sound Transit's 24-hour Construction Hotline at (888) 298-2395.