Sound Transit held an open house at the Red Lion hotel on Tuesday night and about 150 people attended. Lots of questions about construction nuisance and the construction timetable were addressed. NB: you can add comments to this article if I have missed anything …
The event was hosted by Luke Lamon (firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 206.903.7469 ) who is our neighborhood contact; Luke is open to calls and emails to answer or direct questions and to hear concerns. The issue of CC&Rs was not directly addressed although property agents and a notary were present to address questions. The project and construction managers spoke, followed by Bob Adams, Senior VP Northwest Region from Atkinson Construction who are the contractor for the Bellevue Tunnel. Bob gave a passionate talk about his links with the local area. This is the first construction package for the East Link Extension; more contracts will be let through 2016 so Surrey Downs is first!
There were some questions from the audience during the presentation including:
Q: Slide 4 – what kind of Ridership is this?
A: Actual and projected rider numbers are shown – numbers are for all types (bus, train, etc.) Note the increase of +25mio when the East Link Extension opens. This equates to 50,000 riders per day.
Q: When will the trucks take the dirt away?
A: Trucks will operate outside of heavy traffic times during the day.
Q: Are construction hours subject to residential rules
A: I asked Luke and the short answer is yes, they are subject to the standard City of Bellevue work hours for the site preparation work which will begin as early as February and last ~3-6 months. The contractor has posted bonds and a 20 foot temporary construction wall will be built by the summer to deaden noise of drilling and concrete plant. This was used in the Seattle Maple Leaf neighborhood to good effect. Note that tunneling is 24 hour process, and will not begin until the temporary sound wall has been constructed around the south portal site.
And here is a quick summary of some of the Q&A that lasted for about for 30 minutes:
Q: Train to nowhere? Why the tunnel first. I-90 permitting and design still not complete
A: Issues identified by independent review have been addressed and a prototype was built and tested
Q: Impact on surrey downs park
A: See City of Bellevue park planning for 2018
Q: SE 4th closure?
A: SE 1st almost immediately, SE 4th later as part of next construction package (South Bellevue package) in late 2016-17
Q: Hammerhead utilities impact on residents
A: No. Go to website for details where there will be a blog roll archive at Sound Transit East Link Extension website
Q: Notice of 112th shutdowns?
A: Will be for days and weeks – advance notice
Q: Rat run measures until SE 4th is closed?
A: Need to work with you … [DS also spoke with Bellevue City Transport rep present]
Q: Why is it 52 months – starts at south and works north
A: Again checked on this with Luke and the SEM tunneling method is a deliberate one, with the operation advancing ~3-4 feet per day. This means fewer trucks leaving the site with excavated dirt than a cut and cover tunnel. ST are working with the buildings located at the north portal to ensure that we understand their access needs for parking and loading docks during construction.
Q: Noise factor but also dirt and dust in the summer
A: Contractor to manage dust; call the hot line. Perhaps even windows could be cleaned.
Q: The next construction package (E335 South Bellevue) is in design, another meeting will follow once contractor is selected
A: Major structural elements are clear on E335, plans available to show relationship re facilities
Q: What are St doing about trees and landscaping to be removed
A: Preserve if possible but not always so, maybe salvage opportunities for locals. NB: Property impacts are direct with lot owners.
Q: Has ST made any offers to adjoining homeowners to purchase land
A: Surplus disposition process is standard; will sell surplus land as soon as feasible but before 2023.