It's going to be a very tough time in the neighborhood. There is no way it will not possibly affect Roosevelt and its community.
I just attended a community meeting at Roosevelt High School about the building of the light rail station that will be directly west of the school.
First, as a resident, it is definitely NOT going to be fun. In fact, despite promises about mitigation, I (and many at the meeting) believe it is going to be a traffic nightmare. Despite, several good suggestions about trying to help the traffic situation, we were told "we'll see how it goes" and "Ask SDOT." Not so reassuring.
The real down and dirty work starts in late spring/early summer 2014. It will continue until the station finally opens in 2021.
But, to the current and future students and parents at Roosevelt, I think that you, too, are in for unpleasant times. There were a few current RHS parents at the meeting who wondered about the ability for dropping off and picking up students.
More important came the news about the rate of trucks hauling "spoils" (waste) from the drilling. They will be diesel trucks - big ones - at a rate of about 10 an hour. They will pull out of the middle of the site on 12th NE (and probably have to swing wide into both lanes before they straighten out).
Those trucks will be traveling up 12th NE, right past the RHS sports field, as they go to the freeway. My husband asked about filtration on those trucks to mitigate those diesel fumes and it was pretty much shrugs all around. (They say they will not have any more particulate matter than is legally allowed.)
Early on (probably fall/winter of 2015), at 65th and 12th (a major thruway for RHS students to get to Roosevelt Square to eat (and many of them leave campus), that corner will narrow to two lanes with no parking on either side so heavy, heavy traffic.
Apparently Sound Transit has talked with RHS administration but I don't know how much has been transmitted to parents. That said, I'm not sure FUTURE parents know this is coming.
There will be NO parking around the school and the one small parking lot? Good luck using that. I'm sure the school will help parents form carpools and send out regular updates on the progress of the construction.
Also to understand, there will also be several buildings going up right around RHS all during those years. More traffic, more construction. It will be challenging.
I offer this as a big heads-up to parents, both current and near-future. Roosevelt is a great school and I'm sure they will think of creative ways to manage traffic and, most importantly, keep student pedestrian traffic safe. That is truly my biggest worry for Roosevelt (well, that and the fumes from all those trucks).