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Crow's eye view of the Maple Leaf Portal dig

March 14th, 2014 by Mike

A reader sent us this link to a construction cam atop the Maple Leaf Portal work site.

(Sometimes we can get it to work. Sometimes we can’t. Go figure.)

He also says First Avenue  Northeast at the site, which is currently one-way southbound, may not reopen in both directions as scheduled at the end of this month.

“The contractor just requested that they keep it one lane through May. (Sound Transit) hasn’t decided yet if they’re going to grant that yet, and part of that decision will be up to SDOT.”

A different reader, who clearly knows a lot more about the light rail project than we do, emailed the below last week.

Glossary (by editor):

TBM =  Tunnel Boring Machine (we think).

ST = Sound Transit.

Brenda = TBM named after a project manager’s wife, according to comments on an earlier post. Brenda is not Bertha, the whopping big TBM stuck on its way under downtown.

North Link = light rail that will run from Husky Stadium to Roosevelt Station to Northgate. It should reach Northgate in 2021.

Togo and Balto: From the same comments: “The two TBMs that are digging from UW to Capitol Hill were named Togo and Balto after famous Huskies – the four-legged kind.”

The fact sheet regarding tunneling in the North Link document archive notes that one TBM will be launched from Maple Leaf toward Roosevelt, where it will be trucked back to Maple Leaf for re-launch. Two TBMs will be launched from Roosevelt toward UW.

Brenda’s remnants are definitely at Maple Leaf, ST noted that in an earlier press release. Probably fitted with a new shield assembly and cutter head. I believe the original shield was left in place in the tunnel near the Paramount. I’m guessing Togo and Balto will likely be reused on the Roosevelt to UW segment, as that would be a cost effective move for the contractor and probably figured into their bid. Maybe rename them Brendaborg, Togoborg and Baltoborg. 🙂

Looking forward to this group trying to beat the ULINK bar for cost and schedule, but we shall see, hopefully no immovable objects stand in their way.

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Crow’s eye view of the Maple Leaf Portal dig

March 14th, 2014 by Mike

A reader sent us this link to a construction cam atop the Maple Leaf Portal work site.

(Sometimes we can get it to work. Sometimes we can’t. Go figure.)

He also says First Avenue  Northeast at the site, which is currently one-way southbound, may not reopen in both directions as scheduled at the end of this month.

“The contractor just requested that they keep it one lane through May. (Sound Transit) hasn’t decided yet if they’re going to grant that yet, and part of that decision will be up to SDOT.”

A different reader, who clearly knows a lot more about the light rail project than we do, emailed the below last week.

Glossary (by editor):

TBM =  Tunnel Boring Machine (we think).

ST = Sound Transit.

Brenda = TBM named after a project manager’s wife, according to comments on an earlier post. Brenda is not Bertha, the whopping big TBM stuck on its way under downtown.

North Link = light rail that will run from Husky Stadium to Roosevelt Station to Northgate. It should reach Northgate in 2021.

Togo and Balto: From the same comments: “The two TBMs that are digging from UW to Capitol Hill were named Togo and Balto after famous Huskies – the four-legged kind.”

The fact sheet regarding tunneling in the North Link document archive notes that one TBM will be launched from Maple Leaf toward Roosevelt, where it will be trucked back to Maple Leaf for re-launch. Two TBMs will be launched from Roosevelt toward UW.

Brenda’s remnants are definitely at Maple Leaf, ST noted that in an earlier press release. Probably fitted with a new shield assembly and cutter head. I believe the original shield was left in place in the tunnel near the Paramount. I’m guessing Togo and Balto will likely be reused on the Roosevelt to UW segment, as that would be a cost effective move for the contractor and probably figured into their bid. Maybe rename them Brendaborg, Togoborg and Baltoborg. 🙂

Looking forward to this group trying to beat the ULINK bar for cost and schedule, but we shall see, hopefully no immovable objects stand in their way.

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Two community opportunities Thursday night

May 21st, 2013 by master

On Thursday night, you have two opportunities to make your voice heard on community happenings.

From 6-8 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., Sound Transit is inviting you to an open house to learn about Northgate Station design and access update.

The light rail project is part of the agency’s Northgate Link Extension, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

The presentation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., covering topics including:

  • Refinements to station and plaza design.
  • Preliminary results of Northgate Station Area Access Study (pedestrian and bike improvements).
  • King County Metro’s transit center and transit-oriented development plans.
  • City of Seattle’s 1st Ave NE cycle track and I-5 pedestrian bridge.

For more information, contact the Northgate Link Extension project team at 206-398-5300 or northlink@soundtransit.org.

Also on Thursday, May 23, you’re invited to a Town Hall Meeting with King County Councilman Rod Dembowski and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who also is a Maple Leaf resident.

Dembowski, who spoke at last month’s Maple Leaf General Community meeting, states on his homepage:

I am committed to listening and learning from you, so that county government can be as accountable, efficient, and responsive to you as possible. For that reason I will be hosting a series of Town Halls, in every community across District 1 this year, so I can hear firsthand what issues are most important to you

The Town Hall is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Which will you choose?

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Did you attend the Northgate Link Extension groundbreaking?

August 30th, 2012 by master

The Northgate Link Extension may be soon be heading our way, but we have to wonder how many Maple Leaf riders attended last week’s groundbreaking since it took place at the former QFC at Northeast 66th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Needless to say, Sound Transit says it was a “hot event” – literally, with temperatures above 90, plus a crowd of more than 350 community members. If you were among the attendees, be sure to check out the photos from the Northgate Link Extension Photo Booth, which are now posted on the Sound Transit Facebook page!

Celebrations aside, there are still plenty of decisions to be made about the light rail line heading our way, which you learn more about at an open house from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25 in the cafeteria at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. From the event posting:

The open house will include updated information about construction schedule and staging, road closures, construction noise and nighttime work, truck hauling, and access improvements – including a proposed bike path along 1st Ave NE. We hope you can join us.

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Will the "Montlake Murmur" move north with Sound Transit construction?

August 13th, 2012 by master

By MALI MAIN
UW News Lab

Construction on the Northgate Link Extension begins this month. Sound Transit will break ground Aug. 17 at a community celebration on the site of the future Roosevelt light rail station, at 12th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 66th and 67th avenues.  During the next six months, Sound Transit will demolish the nearby QFC and surrounding buildings. Tunneling is not scheduled to begin until 2014.

Construction on the light rail between Capitol Hill and University of Washington started last summer. Along with it came the “Montlake Murmur.” Many Montlake, and some Capitol Hill, residents have complained to Sound Transit about loud noises and vibrations that seem to be coming from beneath their homes.

“You know when a car pulls up next to you at a stop light with the sub-woofer blasting and you can feel it as well as hear it?” wrote Montlake resident Kathleen Carroll in an email. “Well, imagine a gigantic sub-woofer going full blast running back and forth under your house!”

Carroll noticed a low rumbling just after construction started. Within a month, she said, the noise was “disrupting my sleep and rattling objects within my home.” [Read more →]

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How to build a village around the Northgate Light Rail Station

July 11th, 2011 by Mike

Construction doesn’t start for another three years, but later this month several local agencies will hold a meeting to ask what you think a community around the Northgate Light Rail Station should look like. More information is available here.

We are exploring opportunities related to:

• Pedestrian and bicycle connections to the station, including a bridge crossing of Interstate 5.

• Public spaces in the vicinity – parks, sidewalks.

• How to create an active neighborhood near the light rail station.

• Connecting bus and rail service.

• Creating a healthy and sustainable community.

Possibilities include zoning changes and “exploring a variety of options for future development at the Transit Center property that is west of Thornton Place and south of the Northgate Mall.”

The meeting is set for 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St. There will be brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. (Aljoya is a senior living community that also invites the public to dine at its restaurant, Lily’s, and to attend many of its programs. Enter at Aljoya’s front door at the corner of 5th Avenue Northeast and 100th Street. Off-street parking is available at Group Health just south of 100th St.)

The meeting is being set up by the city, King County (buses) and Sound Transit (light rail).

The opportunities for transit-oriented community development are tremendous, and they will help continue the transformation of Northgate into a vital urban center that has already begun with library, community center, park and Thornton Place development in recent years.

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Maps, designs and more Northgate light rail details

May 19th, 2011 by master

If you missed the North Link open house earlier this week, Sound Transit has posted the entire presentation and all of the displays and the maps from the Tuesday meeting on its North Link Documents Library page.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Reminder: Open house tonight for Northgate light rail station

May 17th, 2011 by Mike

Our last post on the North Link rail station open house here drew so many comments that we wanted to remind folks they can attend the meeting tonight.

The Northgate station will be  sandwiched between Interstate 5 and Metro’s Transit Center, just about where the express lanes now exit the freeway. It will span Northeast 103rd Street just east of First Avenue, with entrances on Northgate Mall property and near the transit center.

Tonight’s open house runs from 6-8:30 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

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