City celebrates Downtown Transit Improvements completion

July 1, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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From left, State Rep. Marcie Maxwell, Deputy Mayor Steve Buri, Sound Transit Board Chair Aaron Reardon and council members Sonny Putter, Lisa Jensen, Carol Simpson and Rich Crispo smile as Buri and Reardon cut the ribbon for the Downtown Transit Improvement project June 16. By Tim Pfarr

The Downtown Transit Improvements project, formerly known as the Transit Center project, is complete, and a crowd of about 30 people was on hand for the project’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony June 16.

The celebration began in the Council Chambers at 2 p.m., and Deputy Mayor Steve Buri gave a short speech thanking the project’s contributors and presented framed photographs of the intersection to Sound Transit Board Chair Aaron Reardon, and Eric Haupt, the CH2M Hill project manager who worked on the project.

Sound Transit paid $4 million of the $4.6 million total cost of the project.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Buri said.

Next, the group moved to the City Hall parking lot, where Buri and Reardon cut a large yellow ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors that were provided by Sound Transit.

The project

Marshbank Construction Co. did the construction work, and CH2M Hill handled construction management duties. The project began in May 2009 and was to be substantially completed by last October, but it lasted longer than anticipated for several reasons, which were detailed in an amendment to the city’s contract with CH2M Hill.

Workers encountered unknown and unidentified utilities and needed to make paving and grading revisions. Also, there were contract revisions to accommodate the future traffic signal at Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast.

Furthermore, CH2M Hill needed to coordinate with local property owners and businesses, and prepare materials for presentations at two community meetings.

The name of the project changed earlier this year at the direction of the City Council.

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