It took about five years to complete the initial
Central Link route. It was a construction project complicated
by the need to retrofit the bus tunnel under downtown, and to bore
through Mount Baker, among other matters.
This segment of the line, which was then yet to bridge 6th
Ave. S, is elevated. It is a zone built on
landfill over what was once the tidelands of Elliott Bay.
Because of its soil conditions, the area is highly prone to
suffering extensive damage from the occasional earthquake that
strikes the region. Link
pre-opening bus tours highlighted the extreme reinforcement that
went into building the route through here.
This view dates to 2004. The sign correctly projected a 2009
opening date, which at the time seemed like a long, long time off.