New complication puts strain on Sound Transit project

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension to Tacoma Link will take longer than anticipated.
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Crews continue to work connecting the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension to Tacoma Link with round-the-clock and nighttime construction activity.

While completing final systems testing for the project, areas of stray electrical current were discovered under a segment of newly installed track, which can lead to corrosion of adjacent underground utilities and other infrastructure. Sound Transit is working with its contractor to address the issue, but it will require more time than initially planned for the project.

The intersection of South Ninth Street and Commerce Street will reopen as planned on Friday, Sept. 16, and free shuttle buses will continue to serve all T Line stations between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District. Pierce Transit plans to resume service at the Commerce Street Transit Center on Saturday.

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