Montlake and University District Soil Sampling Begins August 13th

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Sound Transit work crews will begin drilling below streets for soil samples in the Montlake and University District neighborhoods beginning Monday morning Aug. 13, 2001. The work should be completed by the middle of September.

The Sound Transit Board recently requested the soil sampling to examine the feasibility of a Montlake route as an alternative to the Link light rail route under Portage Bay. Collecting soil samples is exploratory and does not construe a decision to build a Montlake route.

  • Samples will be taken at five locations.
  • On the east side of Montlake Boulevard near Husky Stadium parking lot.
  • On Boyer Avenue East, east of 19th Avenue East.
  • On Pacific Place at the south end of Rainier Vista (north of Triangle Parking Garage).
  • On East Shelby Street, east of Montlake Boulevard.
  • On the south side of the University of Washington Medical Center.
  • Drilling will last four to five days at each location depending upon ground conditions.
  • Work will take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • The drilling rig will sound like a running truck engine with occasional loud "hammering."
  • At the on-street locations, the trailer-mounted drilling rig will be located in the parking lane with two vehicles parked end-to-end.
  • Traffic control signs and cones will be set to manage traffic.
  • Pedestrian and business access will be maintained.

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