Sound Transit begins construction of East Link light-rail guideway in Washington, US


Sound Transit has commenced the construction of the on East Link light rail guideway in the BelRed area of Bellevue in the Washington state, US.

The firm is installing girders near the future Bel-Red/130th station to support light rail tracks near the future Bel-Red/130th station, located between 130th and 132nd Avenues NE at NE Spring Boulevard.

Upon completion, the segment of the alignment will transition from the elevated section of track beginning in downtown Bellevue to the street-level section beginning at the Bel-Red/130th station.

The work is a part of the East Link Extension light rail route project, which is intended to connect downtown Seattle, US, with the cities of Mercer Island and Bellevue, including the Bel-Red corridor area, as well as the Overlake area in Redmond.

Once the girders are set, a bridge deck will be constructed for the future rail line from 124th Avenue NE to 130th Avenue NE.

The Bel-Red/130th station will comprise a park-and-ride facility adjacent to the station which would accommodate up to 300 vehicles for transit use, as well as bicycle parking and lockers.

Planned to be commissioned in 2023, the East Link will allow passengers to travel from Bel-Red/130th station to the International District/Chinatown station in about 24 minutes, Sound Transit said.

The firm said that all segments of the East Link extension are under construction while the entire line is scheduled to enter service in 2023.

Sound Transit said: “East Link will extend light rail 14 miles from downtown Seattle to downtown Bellevue and the Overlake area of Redmond via Interstate 90, with 10 stations.”

Currently under construction, the Northgate Link light rail extension will reach Seattle’s University District, Roosevelt and Northgate areas in 2021 while additional Link will reach north to Lynnwood and south to Federal Way in 2024.

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