FOLLOWUP: Terminal 5 Quiet Zone project out for bidding

One year after the modernized north berth at Terminal 5 in West Seattle had its first cargo call, the T-5 project’s “Quiet Zone” component has finally gone out to bid. It’s a package of crossing improvements aimed at reducing the need for train operators to sound their horns along a six-tenths-of-a-mile stretch of track between T-5 and Riverside Mill (specifics are in this followup last July). In the most-recent briefings, in November, NWSA reps said the project was expected to be in bidding by year’s end. SDOT is overseeing the construction so the bidding documents are in the city system, which says bids are due January 25th. This summary of the project estimates the cost at about $5 million. We have questions out to SDOT regarding when they’re expecting construction to start and conclude, given the current bidding timeline.

12 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Terminal 5 Quiet Zone project out for bidding"

  • Dd January 13, 2023 (8:46 pm)

    I wish they would include the unbelievably noisy cranes at Nucor in the quiet zone..

  • Starting to get annoyed January 14, 2023 (8:53 am)

    Has anyone else noticed a huge increase in the number of train horns in the last few weeks?  We live in North Admiral, facing east toward the terminal, and the trains are incessant all of a sudden.  Day and night.  What’s going on that would cause an increase?  I can’t tell if it’s coming from that proposed quiet zone area or somewhere else.

  • Kali January 14, 2023 (10:00 am)

    This really shoulda been done from the start. Hopefully it won’t take long to actually get done. The massive amount of new freight traffic coming from the t5 terminal driving me nuts

  • Al King January 14, 2023 (1:20 pm)

    Weren’t Terminal 5 and Nucor and the railroad there 1st.???

    • Bronson January 15, 2023 (9:48 am)

      Just because someone or some entity was there first doesn’t give them the right to infringe on everyone else’s well-being. Do you treat neighbors who have moved in after you poorly because you were there first? Toddler logic…smh.Being a good neighbor sometimes necessitates changes in behavior or circumstances. 

  • Mike January 14, 2023 (8:23 pm)

    Not T-5 as it is, Al.  Used to be a quiet little pier

  • Dd January 15, 2023 (12:09 am)

    I believe the Duwamish Tribe was here 1st.

  • Al King January 15, 2023 (7:12 am)

    DD. You are correct. Was making a point based on a former coworker.  He and his wife bought a house near the flight path of Sea-Tac then would always complain about the aircraft noise.

  • db January 15, 2023 (11:34 am)

    The fact is train horns can save a life. Wait till some self absorbed individual wearing airpods looking at their phone gets hit.Or the individual driving a car through a marked crossing without crossing bars with bells and lights. Crossing bells make more noise then a couple of honks from a train, and stay on the whole time the train occupies it.I’ll remember to honk my train horn even more now at you West Seattle! 

    • Jay January 16, 2023 (12:37 pm)

      This is very unprofessional.

      • DB January 17, 2023 (6:42 pm)

        It has nothing to do with being ‘professional’, Its actually the law for trains to honk at crossings. Millions of dollars spent on the few who bitch about a honk so it goes ding ding ding endlessly. Look at where you’re gonna live and make sure there’s no trains nearby. Lower Spokane Street Bridge bell isn’t annoying? Add in freeways, highways, semi trucks, airplanes… Industry supports you and your comfort. What’s next? Ubers picking up your neighbor at odd hours. Amazon dropping off your package setting off your ring? I do actually find it annoys me… But I can turn off notifications. Did the dog bark next door? Put on the noise cancelling headphones.’Shave and a haircut, two bits’ will be my calling card when I honk from now on. Just so you know it’s me.

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