Transit center functional, awaiting final installations
March 4, 2010
By Tim Pfarr
The Newcastle Transit Center is now fully operational, with King County Metro Transit routes 240, 114, 219 and 925 making stops.
Routes 240 and 114 began stopping at the Newcastle Transit Center Feb. 6, but routes 219 and 925 had previously made stops at the location prior to the construction of the transit center.Interim Public Works Director Steve Roberge said the project is very close to completion.
“There’s a few little things that are getting wrapped up,” he said. “It’s down to the details.”
Specifically, crosswalks need to be painted with stripes, work needs to be done on an irrigation control box, way-finding signs need to be installed, and glass and wood backs need to be installed in the waiting areas.
Furthermore, the sidewalk on the northwest corner of the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway and Newcastle Way needs to be expanded. This expansion will widen the sidewalk into nearby bark.
CH2M Hill built the Newcastle Transit Center, and according to the city’s contract with the company, CH2M Hill hoped to have the project substantially completed in October.
However, the project lasted longer than anticipated for several reasons, which were detailed in an amendment to the city’s contract with CH2M Hill.
CH2M Hill encountered unknown and unidentified utilities during construction, which required coordination with the city, utility companies and the fire department officials. This also required revisions to storm drainage and relocation of a traffic signal pole, a fire hydrant and vaults containing equipment for Puget Sound Energy, Comcast and Qwest, according to the contract amendment.
CH2M Hill also needed to make paving and grading revisions, as there was “unforeseen and inadequate pavement thickness in shoulder areas,” according to the contract amendment. There were also contract revisions to accommodate the future traffic signal at Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast.
CH2M Hill needed to coordinate with local property owners and businesses to communicate traffic control and construction activities, including unanticipated road closures and detours.
Finally, CH2M Hill needed to prepare materials for presentations at two community meetings to present project information and respond to citizen questions, according to the contract amendment.
The ending construction date for the project is now March 30.