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Two workers on an elevated light rail guideway in downtown Redmond, with green trees in the background.
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All elevated guideway platforms have been installed on the Downtown Redmond Link Extension!

Fresh pics: Continuing connections in Downtown Redmond

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The Downtown Redmond Link Extension, which will connect Redmond with the larger Puget Sound region, continues to make progress.

In the summer and fall of 2022, the project:

  • Met important construction milestones (including installation of all elevated guideway platforms across the project)
  • Made valuable connections in the community and;
  • Has official names for the two stations: Marymoor Village Station and Downtown Redmond Station.
An aerial view of Downtown Redmond Station.
Downtown Redmond Station - coming soon.

Installation also began on the Bear Creek pedestrian bridge.

When it opens, it will provide a new connection through Redmond. Check out a video of the construction process:

The Downtown Redmond Link Extension adds 3.4 miles and two stations to your regional light rail network. 

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Keep scrolling for some fresh pics of the project: 

Two workers walk underneath an elevated guideway under construction.
A worker in a full face mask welds an element on the light rail platform.
A view of an elevated guideway from street level.
Four workers stand on the bridge, with their backs to the camera.

Construction milestones

Crews completed “Cut and Covers” at three overcrossings on the project: NE 40th Street, NE 51st Street and NE 60th Street.

This involved building the base for the future tracks underneath the roadway then rebuilding the roadway above.

Check out this video for an example of the collaboration involved in this work:

They also opened a new on-ramp and off-ramp between SR 520 and SR 202/Redmond Way.

This allows the future “2 Line” and the future East Lake Sammamish Trail to travel underneath SR 520 at ground level as they head toward Downtown Redmond.  

We are so excited for these new connections, but faced with lasting impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, a four-month concrete delivery strike and newly identified construction challenges, some projects will be delayed.

While additional information is needed to identify new opening timelines, the Downtown Redmond Link Extension may be delayed by four to six months (from late 2024) and the East Link Extension is estimated to be delayed by at least one year (from late 2023).  

Learn more about system opening timeline updates here.  

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