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East Main Station at 60 percent
There was a full house at the Red Lion Inn Tuesday night for Sound Transit's East Main Station 60-percent design presentation, where Surrey Downs residents confirmed they will lose access to their neighborhood from 112th Avenue Southeast, but emergency access will remain.
Sound and Bellevue city staff were on hand to discuss the East Link extension alignment and East Main Station design, which will be located along 112th just south of Main Street and across from the Hilton Bellevue. Surrey Downs residents were assured no transit-oriented development will be allowed west of 112th, but there is such potential to the east where commercial buildings already exist.
The station will be at-grade with trains loading and unloading between eastbound and westbound platforms with north and south entrances for travelers. A pedestrian crossing is planned to be placed at 112th for traveling across the roadway. A portion of 112th near Southeast 15th Street also will be reconstructed during the project to allow the light rail train to switch from the east side of the street to the west by traveling under the roadway. Sound Transit architect John Walser said stainless steel screening will be incorporated into the design at the entrances based on observing similar architectural treatments around the neighborhood. The platform canopies will be the same for all East Link stations.
While Sound Transit and city staff encouraged feedback for consideration heading into the 90-percent design phase – expected to be unveiled in the fall with more construction specifics – only one question was taken at the end of the main presentation Tuesday night. A Surrey Downs resident asked about getting to her neighborhood from 112th.
"That access has been cut off," Walser confirmed. "Those were discussions that occurred early on in the design process."There will be access at Southeast Fourth Street for emergency vehicles.