Light Rail Extension
The City's Role with Light Rail
Although this is a Sound Transit project, the City of Redmond is working together with them to share information on construction, traffic impacts, and other issues that may affect our community or nearby homes, businesses, or properties during design and construction of light rail.
Construction is underway at the Overlake Village and Redmond Technology (previously Overlake Transit Center) Stations. Both are scheduled to open in 2023.
- The placement of girders for the aerial guideway will be completed in May 2019.
- The contractor continues to install the bridge deck, electrical and communications conduit, bridge railing, and rails for the trains.
- Both eastbound and westbound wall installation is complete between Overlake Village and Redmond Technology Station.
- Work is now progressing on the overhead wire pole foundations, underground communications duct bank, ballast, and track.
- Construction of the Redmond Technology Station is underway including the parking garage, the vertical circulation towers (stairs/elevators), the garage entrance ramp, the station platform and canopies.
- Construction of the Overlake Village Station bicycle and pedestrian bridge has started. The center pier in the middle of SR 520 and both bridge abutments are completed. The steel truss sections will be installed this summer over SR 520. The NE 40th St westbound SR 520 on-ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday through Thursday nights beginning Monday, August 5 for approximately seven weeks.
- Redmond’s Erratic, artwork by John Fleming, will be relocated from the current site at the southwest corner of 166th Avenue NE and Cleveland Street (by March 31, 2020) to the Gilman Landing site, at the northeast corner of Leary Way and NE 76th Street (by the end of summer 2020). The move will make room for the new Downtown Redmond light rail station.
Sound Transit is preparing to select a design-build team to finish design and construct the 3.4-mile light rail extension from Overlake to Downtown Redmond. The extension has two stations: one in Southeast Redmond in Marymoor Village, and one in Downtown adjacent to the Redmond Central Connector, at 166th. Both are scheduled to open in 2024.
- In July 2019, the Sound Transit Board awarded the design-build contract for the project to Stacy and Witbeck/Kuney, a Joint Venture. See Sound Transit's news release Opens a New Window. .
- In November 2018, Sound Transit issued a request for proposals to design-build teams for the final design and construction of this project. The final design and construction phase is expected to begin in late 2019.
- In October 2018, the Sound Transit Board updated the "project to be built" to locate the Downtown Redmond Station in the Redmond Central Connector (RCC) corridor at 166th Avenue NE and revising the profile of the rail in the RCC corridor from at-grade to elevated.
- In August 2018, Sound Transit completed environmental review for this project.
- The Sound Transit Board has authorized a series of property acquisitions for the Downtown extension. Additional authorizations will continue during 2019.