Transit center functional, awaiting final installations

March 4, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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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.

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One Response to “Transit center functional, awaiting final installations”

  1. Kelly on March 6th, 2010 9:00 pm

    Personally, I’m disappointed by the project. While everything turned out OK, it’s disappointing that I live in the condo’s next to the new stops, but still need to drive to the south Bellevue P&R because the county didn’t add any additional times or routes to Seattle. The 114 is the only bus to Seattle, and it only runs a couple of times per day and takes twice as long as it does for me to drive to the south Bellevue lot and take a bus from there. Taking the 240 and transferring is also not a time saver. Unless they add more routes, unfortunately, I think it was a waste of money. Also, since the stops have opened, they are now littered with trash and cigarette butts all the time… it would have been better to leave things as they were -a pleasant tree lined area.

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