Early Construction

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.

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