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Monday, August 17, 2009

Sounder track and signal project update

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Sounder track and signal project update


Railworks Track Systems and subcontractors have mobilized and work is well under way on track and signal improvements along the seven-mile Sound Transit rail corridor between South M Street in Tacoma, Wash., to Bridgeport Way SW in Lakewood. Portions of unused spurs and track have been removed while new track and rail ballast are being delivered on site.


Currently work is being performed between Chandler and Wilkeson streets where existing main line and spur tracks have been removed. The plan is to have the tracks and spurs rebuilt in time to restore service for nearby rail customers so deliveries will not be disrupted. The week of August 24, the contractor is expected to work north of S. 50th with a similar plan to remove existing tracks and spurs and restore them in time for rail service to continue. Work to construct street crossings is expected to start in mid September.


Private utilities have been working to relocate communication and utility lines in advance of Sound Transit construction. While this work has taken longer than anticipated they are expected to be finished in the next two weeks and will demobilize from the work site.

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