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May. 17, 2012 at 10:40am

Sounder Construction Update - New Overpass, Berm


South downtown's Sounder train-related construction has moved steadily forward with the opening of Pacific Ave in March and now 26th between Pacific and "A" Street. "A" itself is starting to shape up with the train bridge now o'er top the soon-to-be bike/pedestrian path. (see above)


What strikes me in the pic just above is the berm. Or the lack thereof. It's pretty minimal overall and not nearly the hulking scar I thought it would be. Judging by where the track is really it shouldn't raise up higher at all. So, about the only thing it's blocking is the back side of the Pink Elephant carwash building.

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by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2012 @ 8:58am
Did anyone ever notice that it's actually post-and-beam going over the gulch instead of a berm? Didn't think so.

No berm.


by tacoma_1 on 5/17/2012 @ 9:29am
I believe that post and beam was used over the gulch only, due to concerns about protecting the wildlife corridors.

If you want to see a berm that looks hideous, just look down on I-5 by Puyallup/Fife. WSDOT is putting in a berm that offends the eyes.

by KevinFreitas on 5/17/2012 @ 9:31am
Yeah, I did notice and knew that @jinx. It was a great, albeit minor, victory for those not excited about the berm. But, as noted above, the berm's not so bad as far as it being a scar segmenting the city. Still a shame nothing can be built on the block near it though. Would be great for density in this neighborhood.

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