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Monday, October 26, 2009

Contract approved for Sound Transit University Link tunnel work

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The Sound Transit Board on Thursday unanimously approved a contract to dig twin-bored tunnels between the Capitol Hill Station and downtown Seattle for the University Link light rail extension. The contract, with JCM U-Link Joint Venture, is for $168.9 million, which includes a 10 percent contingency. The firm's bid was 12 percent below the engineer's estimate.

Construction is under way on the 3.15-mile U-Link project that extends light rail from Westlake Station in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to the University of Washington with stations at Capitol Hill and on the University of Washington campus near Husky Stadium. University Link is scheduled to open in 2016 and add more than 70,000 daily riders to the system.