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Sound Transit this week will begin demolition, utility relocation and tree removal to accommodate a planned 3.4-mile extension of the agency's Link light-rail into downtown Redmond, Washington.
The Downtown Redmond Link Extension will extend the light-rail line from the Redmond Technology Station and include two new stations serving southeast Redmond and the downtown residential and retail core, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.
As part of the project, Sound Transit will replant more than 12,000 trees to replace about 3,000 trees crews must remove for construction. The agency also will restore more than 500 feet of Bear Creek and its flood plain. The restoration will include removing an old railroad trestle, rubble and culverts.
Light rail and station construction will start next year. Service on the extended line is slated to begin in 2024.