The Seattle Times reports that the digging for the Sound Transit Light Rail expansion – adding three stations to the north – is almost done. From the newspaper : ‘The tunnel boring contractors are only 650 feet from the finish line of a seven-mile marathon dig to extend the Light Rail tunnel from the University of Washington to Northgate’. The tunnel-boring machine should emerge next to Husky Stadium in about 10 days.
So how much more work remains? Well, it will take five more years before the three stations open in 2021. That sure sounds like a lo-o-ong time. One of the reasons may be funding and another limited construction time due to noise abatement considerations.