Fans, enjoy a long-lasting, wild tail-gating session Saturday before the UW wraps up its 2009 season against 19th-ranked California.
Might be your last one for a while – at least close to Husky Stadium.
Shortly after the conclusion of the game Saturday, construction on the UW's six-year "Sound Transit" light-rail project will begin, wiping out a good chunk of the parking lot on the southwest side of the venue.
By June, 600 parking stalls in that vicinity, and close to Montlake Boulevard, will give way to a mass excavation endeavor of six acres, which will eventually be home for an underground light-rail depot that will span from Capitol Hill to Northgate.
Funds for the project were approved in November of 2008.
Chip Lydum, the UW's associate athletic director for operations and capital projects, and Jennifer Cohen, the senior associate AD for advancement, gave a 20-minute presentation Monday of the project, with the intention of getting the word out to the public before it started up.
Losing all those parking spots means the UW has to relocate some Tyee Club members and season ticketholders to alternative spots around campus. Those relocation packets are expected to be sent out by January.
The remaining 800 parking spots in the E12 area will be priority parking for Tyee members.
When the project concludes in 2016, approximately 500 of those lost parking spots will be recovered.
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