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After Implementing Additional Safety Procedures for All Employees
and Contractors in Response to COVID-19, Sound Transit Has
Resumed Most Construction for Transit Related Projects.
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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

Ronald Bog Re-Opening to the Public on July 27th

Ronald Bog Park is set to reopen for public use on Monday, July 27th, after 9am.  Sound Transit completed construction of a wetland mitigation project in this City park. This project added one acre of new wetland and enhanced over two acres of wetland buffer area with native vegetation and invasive species removal. The Kiss sculpture was relocated out of the mitigation area and new pathways were added from the parking lot to the shelter, to view the wetland areas, and through the Rotary Club arboretum. Sound Transit is responsible for maintenance and monitoring of the mitigation wetlands and buffer area for a period of ten years to meet federal permitting requirements. The goal of this project is to replace, within the same impacted watershed, the wetland functions and habitat lost with the filling of a few smaller wetlands on the east side of I-5 that could not be avoided. The wetland and buffer are reserved for the new plants and wildlife that will make their home here. Please enjoy this new natural area from the trails and lawn areas of the park.

Construction Alerts for the City of Shoreline 

Closure - On-Ramp HOV Lane to Northbound I-5 at NE 145th Street Closed August 3 & August 4

On Monday, Aug. 3rd and Tuesday, Aug. 4th between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sound Transit will be closing the HOV lane of the on-ramp to northbound I-5 at NE 145th Street. Crews will utilize the time of this closure to set barriers for the Lynnwood Link Extension light rail construction work.

Please see the flyer linked in the title for additional information and a map.

Closure - On-Ramp to Northbound I-5 at NE 175th Street Closed August 3 & August 4

On Monday, Aug. 3rd and Tuesday, Aug. 4th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sound Transit will be closing the right lane towards the on-ramp to northbound I-5 at NE 175th Street.  The closure will be utilized to set up temporary illumination. Drivers will be able to access the on-ramp during this closure.

Please see the flyer linked in the title for additional information and a map.

195th Pedestrian Bridge Temporarily Re-Opens

The pedestrian bridge across I-5 at NE 195th Street has temporarily reopened as of July 24th. It will remain open until September, when it will again be closed to enable construction of the Sound Transit project. An email notification will be sent prior to the next closure of the bridge.

Please see the flyer linked in the title for further information

I-5 and SR 104 - Off-Ramp Closures - Extended Work Time Through August 7th

The off-ramps from I-5 to westbound SR 104 and eastbound SR 104, as well as the eastbound SR104 on-ramp, will be closed for night work Monday - Friday, 10:00p.m. to 7:00a.m., from June 28th through July 18th. Please see the flyer linked in the title for further information and a map of recommended detours.

Road Closure at NE 185th and 5th Avenue NE - From 10 p.m. June 22nd to 5:30 a.m. June 23rd (Updated Schedule)

Sound Transit will be fully closing NE 185th Street from 5th Avenue NE to NE 185th Street near Shoreline Stadium in order to install traffic control changes for a long-term lane reduction on NE 185th Street. This closure was originally scheduled for June 4th but has been postponed until June 22nd. Please click the link in the title to download a flyer with additional information about the closure, including a link to a map of the affected area and suggested detours.

This closure is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. Visit www.soundtransit.org/185thchanges for updates and further information regarding construction on NE 185th Street for the Link Light Rail Project.

Lane Reduction at NE 185th Street Near Shoreline Stadium Beginning
June 23rd for Approximately One Year (Updated Schedule)
 

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Sound Transit will begin Phase 2 of the construction for the overcrossing at NE 185th Street. Riders should expect traffic delays and use recommended detours.

  • Traffic on 185th Street will be reduced to one single lane with temporary signals for alternating one-way traffic
  • 5th Avenue NE will be fully closed between NE 183rd and NE 185th
  • 5th Avenue NE will be open to local residents only north of NE 180th up to NE 183rd
  • Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with occasional night work

Please click the link in the title to download a flyer with additional information about the closure, including a map of the affected area and suggested detour route. Visit www.soundtransit.org/185thchanges for updates and further information regarding construction on NE 185th Street for the Link Light Rail Project.

I-5 North 130th Street Off-Ramp Closure and Detour May 18 - May 29

I-5 Exit 174 at NE 130th Street will be closed for approximately two weeks while Sound Transit pours caps for the guideway as part of the Lynnwood Link Light Rail project. There will be no road closures on Memorial Day (May 25) or on any Fridays. The suggested detour is to use Exit 175 at NE 145th Street. Please see flyer linked in the title for further information. 

Reduced Lane Closures on NE 185th Overcrossing Bridge

Beginning on April 16th and lasting for approximately 3 days, Sound Transit will close lanes on NE 185th overcrossing to allow Seattle City Light to install steel poles. Work hours will be from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

This work is deemed essential for the Lynnwood Link Light Rail project. Please see flyer linked in the title for a map and further information.

Sound Transit Construction Changes Amid COVID-19 Response - April 6

Due to risks associated with COVID-19, Sound Transit is suspending almost all construction of its transit expansion projects across the region, including the Lynnwood Link Extension, starting on April 6th. The current period of suspension is set for April 6th through May 4th, but Sound Transit has the discretion to extend or decrease this period based on changing circumstances.

Please read the Construction Alert for the COVID-19 Response linked in the title for more detailed information about construction changes and how Sound Transit is working to keep contractors and staff safe during this period.

For the latest information regarding Sound Transit's response to COVID-19, please visit The Platform blog at COVID-19 updates on The Platform. 

NE 185th Street/5th Avenue - Drop-in Sessions to Discuss Construction Impacts in the Area

Sound Transit will be hosting two drop-in sessions to share information about construction impacts around the NE 185th Street and 5th Avenue NE area. Residents are invited to come by anytime during the sessions to learn more, provide input, and find out about the construction work schedule.

Drop-in Session 1

  • Tuesday, February 25th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Shoreline Spartan Recreational Center
    202 NE 185th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155

Drop-in Session 2: CANCELED

  • Following the recommendation of Public Health – King County and Seattle to avoid bringing groups of people together, Sound Transit has decided to cancel the drop-in session scheduled for March 6th. They will reschedule the event at a later date.

January 13 through February 28, 2020 - Utility Work on NE 155th Street

As a continuation of the utility work begun in December 2019, Sound Transit crews will be working on NE 155th east of the Interstate 5 underpass to install utility lines. For live updates make sure to call Sound Transit's traffic hotline 206-612-6209.

This work is part of Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link Extension Project to construct the guideway and will entail full or partial closure of NE 155th Street during this period. A detour south to NE 145th Street between 5th Avenue NE and Meridian Avenue NE is recommended for the duration of the work.

For further information, please see the construction alert linked in the title, or check Sound Transit's update information page for the Lynnwood Link Extension.

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.

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.