#3. Central Link light-rail
Rainier Valley segment

Images courtesy Sound Transit
Othello Station is one of three light-rail stations planned along Central Link’s Rainier Valley segment.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way, from South Boeing Access Road to Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

$128,302,911 contract with a $15,396,349 contingency ($143,699,260 maximum)

Type of contract:
Best value

Start of construction:
July 12, 2004

Expected completion date:
Spring 2007


The Rainier Valley light-rail segment, which is part of Sound Transit’s 14-mile Central Link initial segment between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport, calls for a major reconstruction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Way South corridor.

The Rainier Valley segment will run down Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

The 4.3-mile alignment will receive new water and sewer lines, power and communication lines, pavement, sidewalks, stations and plazas. Officials are also working with utility companies to install utility lines underground.

Some areas will be widened to 175 feet to make way for the light-rail line, which will run down Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. Stations will be built at South Edmonds, Othello and Henderson streets.

The light-rail track will be assembled in 78-foot lengths and pre-welded into 300-foot lengths using continuous welded rail strings. The strings will be transported to installation points using specially designed rail carts.

The project includes community enhancements such as new sidewalks, landscaping and street crossings.

Sound Transit used a “best value” procurement for the contract, which placed equal emphasis on price and technical criteria, such as plans for minimizing community impacts and coordinating complex utility work.

RCI-Herzog’s $128.3 million proposal was $30.4 million under the engineer’s estimate.



RCI-Herzog, 9136 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle, WA 98118, (206) 315-2968


(Prime architect; and Othello and Rainier Beach stations) Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami, 2300 Seventh Ave., Seattle, WA, (206) 323-8800

(Urban design) Sasaki Associates, P.O. Box 9455, Dept. 6, Boston MA 02205-9455, (617) 926-3300

(Rainier Beach/South Henderson Station) Kubota Kato Chin, 6201 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle WA 98115, (206) 985-5800


CH2M Hill Engineers

KPFF Consulting Engineers

CivilTech Corp. (structural)

Pace Consulting Engineers

Bolima Drafting Services

Mat Harris Associates

Garry Struthers Associates

DKS Associates (traffic consultant)

Construction manager:

Carter & Burgess


Sound Transit

Other Participants
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Kobayashi (landscape)
Kristen Betty Associates
Lakeside Industries
Leajak Concrete Construction
Light Wire
Lin & Associates
Long Services
M&M Road Recycle
Malcolm Drilling Co.
Matson Carlson (cost estimating for Beacon Hill and McClellan stations)
Miles Sand and Gravel
Modern Building Systems
Modern Machinery Co.
National Barricade Co.
National Concrete Cutting
National Safety
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