Construction on East Link is underway!

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Light rail service to the Eastside took a big step forward recently as Sound Transit's contractor began work on the downtown Bellevue tunnel, marking the start of East Link construction!

On Friday, federal, state and local officials gathered near the construction site to celebrate the groundbreaking. Senator Patty Murray, Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Member Claudia Balducci and Bellevue Mayor John Stokes were among the speakers who were just a few feet away from where the downtown Bellevue tunnel will begin carrying passengers in 2023.

For more information about the work currently occurring in downtown Bellevue, view our latest construction alert.

So, when will construction begin on the remainder of the project? The current schedule is below and is subject to change as construction contracts are awarded.  

  • Downtown Bellevue: early 2016
    • Tunnel construction is underway and the remainder of downtown Bellevue construction will begin in mid-2017 
  • Overlake: mid-2016 
  • South Bellevue: late 2016 
  • Bel-Red: early 2017
  • I-90: mid-2017