ST train with Rainier in background

The Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) Light Rail Project will give riders a fast, frequent and reliable connection through some of the worst traffic congestion in Washington State. This extension builds four new light rail stations from Northgate to Lynnwood along the Interstate-5 corridor, two of which will be right here in Shoreline:

  • Shoreline South/145th Station located at 148th Street and 5th Ave NE; and
  • Shoreline North/185th Station located at NE 185th Street and 8th Ave NE.

The City of Shoreline is reviewing designs and issuing permits for the Sound Transit LLE Light Rail Project through Shoreline. The City will be reviewing and issuing permits for all facilities related to light rail in Shoreline including tracks, stations and related amenities, parking garages, and operations structures. Sound Transit started construction on the LLE Light Rail Project in 2019 and anticipates the Project will open for service in 2024.

To see a map of the construction zones in Shoreline, select this link: Lynnwood Link Extension Construction Zones

Construction Alerts for the City of Shoreline 

August 14, 2019 - I-5 Northbound Striping 175th Street to SR 104 - RESCHEDULED

Beginning on Wednesday, August 14th, Sound Transit will be re-striping northbound Interstate 5 from 175th Street to State Road 104 in order to expand their work zone on the shoulder of the freeway.

  • Work hours are from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. from August 14th through August 22nd
  • Rolling slowdowns will occur between midnight and 6 a.m. early Saturday and Sunday mornings

August 2019 - Noise Wall Removal Along I-5

Sound Transit is in the process of removing noise walls in select locations along the 8.5 mile Lynnwood Link Extension route. Temporary noise barriers are being installed prior to the removal of the noise walls to mitigate highway noise throughout construction, and permanent noise walls will be reconstructed prior to start of rail service in 2024.

August 12, 2019 - Steel Pole Foundation Work on NE 200th Street

Starting around August 12th and lasting for approximately one week, parts of NE 200th Street will be reduced to one inside lane in order for Sound Transit and Seattle City Light to work on setting new steel poles. They will be raising the utility lines so as to provide clearance for construction of the light rail guideway. Areas affected are: 

 One lane will remain open during working hours; two lanes will be open during non-working hours. Working hours will generally be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. but may be extended if needed. Please see linked flyers for additional information.

August 6, 2019 - 5th Avenue NE from NE 180th Street to NE 185th Street

From August 6th through August 8th, 5th Avenue NE will have a full lane closure from NE 180th Street to NE 185th Street as part of early work construction for the light rail system. Seattle City Light will be installing overhead transmission lines. The closure will remain for 24 hours a day during this period.

August 5, 2019 - Ronald Wastewater Relocating Waste Line at 1st Avenue NE and 174th Street

1st Avenue NE at 174th Street will be closed for work on utility relocation. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the closure will remain in place 24 hours a day for approximately three years. See notice linked above for detour route.

August 1, 2019 - Partial Closure at Ridgecrest Park (Parking Lot)

On about August 13th, the parking lot and western-most portion of Ridgecrest Park will be closed to the public in preparation for building the light rail guideway. The area will remain closed until further notice.

July 31, 2019 - Long Term Closure of 5th Ave NE (Seattle)

Starting on August 12, 2019, 5th Avenue NE in Seattle will be closed to traffic as noted below. The duration of the closure is anticipated to be three years, with the road reopening in fall of 2022.

  • 5th Avenue NE between NE 130th Street and NE 145th Street will be completely closed.
  • Southbound lanes of 5th Avenue NE from NE 125th Street to NE 130th Street will be closed.

Please see Construction Alert notice linked in the title for further information.

June 18, 2019 - Ronald Bog Park Wetland Mitigation Work

Ronald Bog Park will be closed as early as July 1st as Sound Transit begins construction of wetland mitigation to replace wetlands affected by light rail construction. The Park will remain closed to the public through the end of fall (18-20 weeks). Sound Transit is using an area of Ronald Bog Park for a wetland mitigation site to replace wetlands affected by light rail construction. Enhancements to the park, including trail improvements, will be made as part of the project.

LLE Project Updates

Hearing Examiner Recommendation Regarding Sound Transit's Application for Street Vacation - 7th Ave. NE and NE 185th Street

As part of the Lynnwood Link Extension Project, the Shoreline North/185th station and garage/transit facility structures are proposed to be located over portions of the I-5 Limited Access Area and the City Rights-of-Way (ROW) for 7th Ave NE and the northern margin of NE 185th Street. A Public Hearing was held on October 9, 2019, to determine whether to recommend approval of Sound Transit's petition for a Street Vacation.

The Hearing Examiner’s Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendation were issued on October 23, 2019, recommending that the Shoreline City Council approve the petition to vacate portions of NE 185th Street and 7th Avenue NE rights-of-way, with conditions. The Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendation may be viewed using the link above. 

The next step in this process is for the City Council to discuss the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation, which is tentatively scheduled for the Council Meeting on Monday, November 18. Adoption of Ordinance No. XXX for Vacation of a Portion of the Rights-of-Way on NE 185th Street and 7th Avenue NE is tentatively scheduled for the Council meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019.

LLE Project Maps

In order to build the new guideway for light rail to travel through the City of Shoreline, Sound Transit purchased over 80 properties alongside Interstate-5 within the City of Shoreline. These properties and the adjacent Washington Department of Transportation I-5 right-of-way have been cleared to make way for the installation of the light rail tracks, stations, and garages. A number of noise walls are also being removed. They will ultimately be replaced with new permanent walls, but in some areas there will be temporary noise walls installed to mitigate construction noise and noise from the freeway. Below are links to maps of the project area showing the locations of the properties that have been acquired and demolished, and the noise walls that are being removed or relocated.

July 29, 2019 - Lynnwood Link Extension Project Update

Check out the link above for current activities involving the Lynnwood Link Extension Project in the Shoreline area. The link in the flyer takes you to a short video about Sound Transit's plans for tree replacement, and on the same page there is another video with an interesting flyover of the entire LLE project area showing the station locations and displaying the entire guideway as it will run along I-5. This video defines where the guideway will be elevated versus installed at grade.

July 8, 2019 Update on the Sound Transit Project in Shoreline

Please check out the flyer linked above that gives a good overview of the Light Rail Project currently underway in Shoreline. Included on pages 7-8 is a breakdown of the general schedule of work that we can anticipate occurring in Shoreline over the next several years.

May 6, 2019 - Moving forward: Lynnwood Link construction coming this spring

See this linked article for current information on the Lynnwood Link Project and an overview of Sound Transit's program to plant and maintain more than 20,000 replacement trees along the light rail guideway. In some areas, they will also be removing invasive plant species, such as ivy and blackberries. Sound Transit's ambitious tree replacement plan includes an extended maintenance period to improve the survival rates of the replacement trees. For further information on the tree replacement program, see the handout entitled More Transit, More Trees.

Early Work has Commenced on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project

Sound Transit has been submitting permit applications to the City for the next stage of work on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project. The "early work" which began early in 2019 consists of clearing and grading as well as relocating utilities to make way for the future light rail tracks, stations, and parking garages. Removal of trees along the east side of I-5 for the future light rail route will be the most visible change early in 2019. Sound Transit is submitting these permit applications under the City's Master Permit guidelines for Right of Way Use and for Site Development. For organizational purposes, Sound Transit has divided the light rail route through the City of Shoreline into multiple work zones, and the permit submittals are being grouped by these specific work zones.

The City requirements for permit submittals are contained in Master Checklists that have been adjusted specifically for transit and light rail projects. Below are links to the five main Master Checklists that will govern the upcoming permit submittals:

Master ROW Use Permit Checklist
Zone ROW Use Permit Checklist
Master Site Development Permit Checklist
Zone Site Development Permit Checklist
Light Rail Demo Permit Checklist 2018

Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project Online Information

Construction began on Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link Light Rail Project early in 2019. For up-to-date information about the Project, visit SoundTransit.org/LLE. Specific plans for the Shoreline South/145th Station and the Shoreline North/185th Station are available on the site, and at the bottom of each page is an option to subscribe for updates (via email or text message) on the Link Light Rail Project or other Sound Transit projects.

LLE Project - Long Term Impacts

September 2019 - Long Term Closure of 1st Avenue NE and NE 161st Street/Parking Lot at Ridgecrest Park

The parking lot at Ridgecrest Park has been closed since mid-August, and now 1st Avenue NE between NE 159th Street and NE 161st Street, together with a short portion of NE 161st Street, has also been closed. Sound Transit will be constructing a new parking lot in the Park to the east of the original parking lot, and 1st Avenue NE will be reopened as a shared use path when construction of the guideway has been completed. Portions of the park remain open to the public, and Sound Transit has installed construction fencing to clearly designate which areas are off-limits to the public.

August 5, 2019 - Long Term Closure of 1st Avenue NE at 174th Street 

Starting around August 5, 2019 through August 2022, 1st Avenue NE at 174th Street will be closed for work on relocation of a wastewater line and for construction of the light rail guideway. Detour routes are identified on the flyer linked in the title.

July 31, 2019 UPDATE - Long Term Closure of 5th Avenue NE (Seattle)

Although this area is not in Shoreline, the long-term closure of 5th Avenue Northeast between NE 125th Street and NE 145th Street will impact many Shoreline residents. 

Closure will start August 12, 2019. The duration of the closure is anticipated to be three years, with the road reopening in fall of 2022.

  • 5th Avenue NE between NE 130th Street and NE 145th Street will be completely closed.
  • Southbound lanes of 5th Avenue NE from NE 125th Street to NE 130th Street will be closed.

Please see Construction Alert notice linked in the title for further information.

Light Rail Land Use Approvals

Approval for Sound Transit's Special Use Permit Application

Sound Transit submitted an application for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to the City of Shoreline in August of 2018. The City reviewed Sound Transit's application based on its meeting the applicable Special Use Criteria and the City of Shoreline Guiding Principles for Light Rail, which were adopted by the Shoreline City Council on February 29, 2016. Sound Transit's application and supporting documents are available on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Hearing Records, HE18-08 Sound Transit - SPL18-0140.

A Public Hearing was held before the City of Shoreline's Hearing Examiner on April 24, 2019, and the Hearing Examiner issued a Decision on May 31, 2019. Sound Transit's SUP application was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2019 - SPL18-0140 Sound Transit SUP Decision, or by request for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Approval of the Critical Areas Special Use Permit Application for Geologic Hazard Area

Sound Transit submitted an application for a Critical Areas Special Use Permit (CASUP) for work on the Light Rail Project that will be located within the embankment of the I-5 northbound ramp, generally between NE 200th Street and the I-5/SR 104 cloverleaf loop. This embankment meets the City's definition of a very high risk landslide (geologic hazard) area. A CASUP is required to allow development in a critical area or buffer by a public agency when the strict application of the critical area standards would unreasonably prohibit the provision of public services. Sound Transit requested release from the applicable Municipal Code criteria for alteration of very high risk landslide areas.

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Shoreline issued a Notice of Decision on May 2, 2019. Sound Transit's CASUP application for the Geologic Hazard Area was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available online on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2019 HE Decision PLN19-0019 - CASUP, or by request, for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Approval of the Critical Areas Special Use Permit for McAleer Creek

Sound Transit submitted an application for a Critical Area Special Use Permit (CASUP) for the McAleer Creek buffer area in the southern cloverleaf at the interchange of I-5 and SR104. A CASUP is required to mitigate the unavoidable impacts to wetlands and wetland buffers in the City of Shoreline during and after the construction of the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project through the City. Sound Transit is proposing to construct a portion of the light rail elevated guideway in the McAleer Creek buffer area.

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Shoreline issued a Notice of Decision on January 4, 2019. Sound Transit's CASUP application for the McAleer Creek buffer area was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available online on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2018 HE Decision PLN18-0114 - CASUP (McAleer Creek), or by request, for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Approval of the Critical Areas Special Use Permit for Ronald Bog

Sound Transit submitted an application to the City of Shoreline for a Critical Areas Special Use Permit (CASUP) in order to obtain permission to develop a wetland mitigation site at Ronald Bog Park as off-site mitigation for permanent wetland and wetland buffer impacts resulting from the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority's Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project. A public hearing regarding the CASUP application was held on November 27, 2018.

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Shoreline issued a Notice of Decision on December 11, 2018. Sound Transit's CASUP application was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2018 HE Decision PLN18-0086 - CASUP (Ronald Bog), or by request, for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Please see the document Ronald Bog Mitigation Project for a map and short description of the wetland mitigation plans at Ronald Bog Park.

Timeline

Sound Transit timeline

30% Design Meeting Documents

A 30% Design Open House was held in Shoreline on November 16, 2016. The meeting documents are attached below.

60% Design Open House

Sound Transit held their 60% Design Open House on May 24th, 2017. Informational documents from the Open House are linked below.

Light Rail Project Update Open House

Sound Transit held an Open House on June 27, 2018 to provide updates to the Community on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project. Open House graphics for both Shoreline stations are linked below.