The portal, which will bring light rail above ground to the Northgate station, was originally scheduled to emerge along Interstate 5 near Northeast 85th Street.
Now it might stay underground from the University of Washington until about Northeast 94th Street.
Sound Transit has a list of reasons this might be a better idea. But it also means a tunnel under more of the neighborhood. It’s recently been reported that the tunnel work can impact the homes above.
The new idea, according to Sound Transit:
- Avoids utilities conflicts near Northeast 85th Street
- Avoids impacts to the Northeast 92nd Street bridge across I-5
- Has fewer impacts to 1st Avenue Northeast
- Is a more efficient construction site
- Is expected to be similar in cost to the Northeast 85th Street option
See our tunnel portal fact sheet to learn more.
There is a meeting on the Northgate station on Dec. 8 at Thornton Place.