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SR 520 reopened after bridge inspection and construction

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Date:  Monday, July 16, 2012

Contact: Jeff Switzer , WSDOT SR 520 Communications, 206-770-3547 (Seattle)

Seattle design open house today; next weekend closure Aug. 10–13

SEATTLE – The State Route 520 floating bridge reopened today, capping off a weekend of inspections, maintenance work and major construction.

The reopening was delayed by approximately 90 minutes in both directions of the highway because it took longer than expected to reset concrete safety barrier near 84th Avenue Northeast, where crews demolished an overpass this weekend.

While contractor crews worked on Eastside improvements, maintenance crews focused on the annual inspection of the floating bridge.

“This weekend’s inspections and maintenance will help make sure the bridge is ready for another wet and windy winter,” said Archie Allen, bridge maintenance superintendent for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “We’ll spend the next few months repairing any other wear and tear discovered during the closure.”

During the weekend closure, demolition crews tore down the old 84th Avenue Northeast overpass to make way for a new lidded overpass and removed the last standing piece of the 92nd Avenue Northeast overpass. A crane positioned on the highway through the weekend set more than 200 concrete panels for a new Evergreen Point Road lidded overpass.

So far, crews have demolished three and a half old overpasses across SR 520. The next full closure for Eastside construction is scheduled for Aug. 10 to 13.

Drivers will notice a few changes as a result of the weekend’s work. The westbound SR 520 on-ramp from northbound Bellevue Way is now closed until new access is completed next year. In the meantime, drivers will be detoured a few blocks away to the westbound SR 520 on-ramp at 108th Avenue Northeast.

The overpass demolition is part of a project to widen the highway to six lanes on the Eastside, add transit stops in the median and improve neighborhood connections across SR 520. In 2010, WSDOT awarded a $306 million design-build contract to Eastside Corridor Constructors, a joint venture of Granite Construction Company and PCL Construction Services.
The completed Medina to Bellevue corridor is scheduled to open to traffic in December 2013. More information about the SR 520 Eastside project is online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/MedinaTo202.

Seattle community design open house
Discussions about design concepts for SR 520 in Seattle continue at an open house today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions and take comments at St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E, Seattle. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities and accommodations can be arranged in advance by calling 206-770-3500.


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