A look at the construction happening at Kent/Des Moines Station on Feb. 10. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

A look at the construction happening at Kent/Des Moines Station on Feb. 10. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Federal Way Link Extension design-build contract over 25% complete

Sound Transit aiming for mid-2021 finish of design-build contract.

The design-build contact for the Federal Way Link Extension is more than 25% complete, according to Sound Transit.

Final design for the 7.8-mile, $3.1 billion route is scheduled to be completed by middle of this year. Utility and site preparation work began in 2019, followed by the start of heavy construction in July 2020.

“Community members across the region can watch the rapid construction progress that is now underway and look forward to 2024, when they can ride a light rail network that we’re on track to nearly triple, from 22 to 62 miles,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff in a Feb. 10 news release. “These projects and the voter-approved projects that will follow will be critical both for our mobility and for creating thousands of jobs to help us rebound from the pandemic recession.”

Rogoff added that seven of the eight major Sound Transit extension projects under construction are on or below budget, and on or ahead of schedule.

So far, 30 of 121 drilled shafts for constructing elevated guideway and station facilities have been completed for the SeaTac to Federal Way extension scheduled to open in 2024. Work is also underway for the three new light rail stations and parking garages, adding 2,000 new parking spaces for riders. The stations and parking garages will be in Kent/Des Moines along Pacific Highway South, at South 272nd Street in Kent near Interstate 5 and in Federal Way.

Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension extends from Angle Lake Station in SeaTac to an incoming light rail station next to the Federal Way Transit Center, later to venture into Pierce County via the Tacoma Dome Link Extension.

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Construction at the Kent/Des Moines Station, part of the Federal Way Link Extension. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Construction at the Kent/Des Moines Station, part of the Federal Way Link Extension. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

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