Demolition work continues; SODO streets to be closed for Sound Transit Central Link light rail Operations & Maintenance Facility
Sound Transit will continue clearing the way for the Central Link light rail Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Facility this week with ongoing pre-construction work (including building demolition) and street closures at the site in Seattle's SODO District. To-date buildings two, three, four and part of 16 have been demolished (see attached map).
The contractor will continue using heavy equipment to remove buildings this week. This site preparation activity should not noticeably disrupt traffic, except for some additional trucks hauling away debris. The work will be visible from South Forest Street and its corresponding I-5 off-ramp, so motorists are urged to exercise caution.
As a whole, this pre-construction work will include the demolition of existing structures, cleanup of any contamination, and salvage and removal of debris. These activities are a necessary precursor to construction of the light rail maintenance base (or any other construction or use of the site).
In addition to the demolition work, several streets which fall in the O&M Facility site the will permanently close this week. The streets to be closed are (see attached map):
- South Hanford Street between 6th Avenue South and Airport Way South
- South Horton Street between 6th Avenue South and Airport Way South
- South Hinds Street between 6th Avenue South and Airport Way South
- 8th Avenue South between South Hinds Street and South Hanford Street
These streets have all been vacated by the City of Seattle and are no longer public property. There are no arterials involved in these closures and all of the businesses within the site of the O&M Facility have been relocated.
Sound Transit is distributing e-mails and flyers to keep nearby businesses and interested parties informed about activities at the site. Information, including maps and graphics, is available at http://www.soundtransit.org/linkrail/central/construct/construct.htm. Interested parties can also sign up for regular construction-related traffic updates from the SODO Business Association at www.sodotraffic.com.
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