Project update: Lynnwood Link Extension, March 2017

Mar 13, 2017

March means Spring!

The Lynnwood Link Extension moving forward

Welcome to the Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) email list if you are a newcomer and thank you to those who have already been receiving these updates. Email updates continue to be one of the best ways to stay updated on the LLE project and opportunities for public involvement, so stay tuned!

Current Phase: the LLE project is in final design phase and working to refine the project's guideway, stations and operating systems. The 30 percent, 60 percent and 90 percent (ready for construction) milestones during this phase are associated with a general level of design "completeness." The 30 percent design was completed in fall 2016 with 60 percent scheduled for this spring. The LLE project anticipates starting construction in late 2018 and opening for service in 2023.

Watch for upcoming meetings!

60 percent station design open houses coming this spring/summer

Coming up this spring or summer the LLE project outreach team will host open houses and an online open house featuring the 60 percent station designs, a project update and an opportunity for public comment. Watch for the meeting dates! These meetings will be an excellent opportunity to speak directly with project staff, hear the latest project information and provide your feedback on the designs.

If you were unable to make the November 2016 30 percent open houses or are interested in reviewing the materials displayed, please visit our document archive.

Get to know the artists!

145th and 185th Station artists are on board

Sound Transit's art program, STart, integrates the work and thinking of artists into the station design process. Artists and their artwork create memorable experiences for transit riders and contribute to livable and walkable neighborhoods. To check out the existing artwork at Sound Transit stations, visit our STart Flickr site or see the pieces in person using one of the art guides here.

The Shoreline stations at Northeast 145th Street and Northeast 185th Street will be two of 33 stations in the Link light rail system when they open in 2023. The artwork commissioned for these facilities will help make them distinct and welcoming places. In 2016 an artist selection panel, that included Shoreline community members, chose two artists to join the stations' design teams.

Buster Simpson is a Seattle based, sculptor and environmental artist who is working on the NE 145th Station. Simpson's public art involves making site connections with the environment, landscape and the public. For more information, visit his website.

Artist Mary Lucking is working on the NE 185th Station. Lucking notes "art can make our shared public spaces more interesting, more beautiful and more humane." Incorporating these ideas into her artistic practice, she has created public art projects across the nation in urban and rural trails, neighborhood parks, college campuses and mass transit facilities. For more information, visit her website.

News about the art for the Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood stations is coming soon!

Ongoing fieldwork!

Work will continue in 2017 and you may see crews in your neighborhood

During 2017, Sound Transit will continue collecting information from the field to advise our engineers and project staff. You may see teams with orange vests and hard hats near the Interstate 5 corridor between Northgate and Lynnwood. They will be completing a variety of work activities including utility potholing, geotechnical drilling and land and tree surveys. For descriptions of these types of work, please see the May 21, 2015 project update.

Our Community Outreach team will be reaching out to notify property owners in advance of work where necessary and if you have questions, please give us a call or send us an email.