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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Contact: Andrew Richardson, WSDOT SR 520 Communications, 206-660-5924 (cell)
Weekend-long closure brings new look to east end of Evergreen Point Bridge
SEATTLE – Drivers who cross Lake Washington should plan ahead to avoid potential congestion this weekend, when State Route 520 closes for construction.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will close all lanes and ramps of SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard and Interstate 405 starting 11 p.m. Friday, April 19. All lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 22.
During the closure crews will shift the eastbound lanes to the south. The shift makes room for construction between the eastbound and westbound lanes from Evergreen Point Road to 92nd Avenue Northeast. This work had been planned for a March weekend but was postponed due to wet weather.
“We’re watching the weather forecast closely and keeping our fingers crossed for the dry weather we need to get this paving and striping done,” said Brian Dobbins, construction manager for WSDOT.
Crews are taking advantage of the highway closure to tackle other critical work that can only be done while the road is closed. These tasks include, installing bridge lighting at 84th Avenue Northeast, drainage culverts at several locations and pavement for the new roadway across the Evergreen Point Road lidded overpass (pdf 137 kb).
SR 520 closure details at a glance
- Both directions of mainline SR 520 and all connected ramps between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and I-405 in Bellevue will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, April 19, to 5 a.m. Monday, April 22.
- Two sections of SR 520 will remain open to traffic: I-5 to Montlake Boulevard and areas east of I-405.
- Drivers can use Interstate 90 or alternate routes around Lake Washington.
Closure information and detour maps are online. Night work is planned, so residents near the work zone might hear construction noise.
SR 520 Eastside project overview
Crews working on the Eastside Transit and HOV Project are widening SR 520 to six lanes between Medina and Bellevue, rebuilding interchanges, constructing highway lids and transit stops in the center of the highway and installing fish-friendly culverts. 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.
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