So, to describe what this is like: Think about the Blue Angels. Then imagine the opposite of that. But needing the same precision.
— Ravenna Blog (@RavennaBlog) August 4, 2012
Sound Transit’s Andrew Schmid takes a picture of Nickels Bros. and other workers in front of the first townhouse, before it gets underway.
Schmid again, taking a picture of Sound Transit Project Manager Kristin Hoffman while she is interviewed on camera.
Another shot of the first townhouse prior to moving.
Hoffman again, mid-interview. Schmid said that she has worked on the townhouse portion of the Roosevelt Station project for a year and a half, culminating in the moves.
Peaks Custard supplied coffee and assorted accoutrements at the site.
A marked “oversize load” truck waits to lead the convoy to 15th Ave NE.
A scrum of utility workers, Sound Transit staff, and Nickels Bros. movers huddles around a woman leading the pre-move safety meeting.
A Seattle City Light worker adjusts an overhead line adjacent to the moving site.
Part of the crowd gathered across the street from the townhouses on 12th Ave NE, waiting for the move to begin.
A shot of the full scene along 12th Ave NE taken from up by the Roosevelt High School track.
The first townhouse now partially IN 12th Ave NE.
A Nickels Bros. worker attending the “rear” of the first townhouse as it slowly makes its way down 12th Ave NE.
11:45 PM – Seattle City Light here now, working on the overhead wires. The truck supporting the first townhouse to be moved has crept forward a bit, testing the load.
11:04 PM – The action really starts happening at 12:01, in case you at home would like to come down.
10:50 PMstrong> – On site now. Lots of folks on hand, neighbors and Sound Transit.
8:52 PM – Setting up the live coverage post here, and adding the street closures due to the relocating townhouses (per Sound Transit):
Streets will be closed as the convoy moves through the area and reopened after the convoy has passed. Street closures include:
- 12th Avenue Northeast—closed at the intersection of Northeast 65th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast
- Northeast 66th Street—closed from Roosevelt Way Northeast to 15th Avenue Northeast
- 15th Avenue Northeast—closed from Cowen Bridge to Northeast 68th Street
The route will be “east down Northeast 66th Street to final destinations on 15th Avenue Northeast just south of Northeast 65th Street.”
Our next update will be around 10:45 PM, when Sound Transit will be available to the media at the current townhouse site (NE 66th St and 12th Ave NE).