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October 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

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Inside the Seattle light rail tunnel


ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ironworkers Scott Boggs, left, and Jasen Rider wire together steel bars to reinforce the concrete pads that train rails will be attached to for the University Link light rail expansion. When complete, the light rail line will extend from downtown to stations at Capitol Hill and the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium. The line is currently scheduled to open in September 2016, but Sound Transit is working with its contractors to open the $1.94 billion tunnel months earlier.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

After a tour of both the north and southbound tunnels on the approximately 3/4 mile long section of the light rail tunnel that runs from the Pine Street sub tunnel, which starts at the Westlake Station to the Captiol Hill Station, construction workers and a Sound Transit communications specialist pause to chat as they head south out of the tunnel.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Frank Parks, third from left, holds a hose as concrete is poured to make a concrete plinth on which light rail trains will run. A pad will then be secured to the plinth and clips on the pad will hold the rail in place.

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