Contact: Roger Thompson, WSDOT communications, 206-819-7230
Temporary closures required for Eastside upgrades, work on new bridge
SEATTLE – A series of temporary lane and ramp closures on State Route 520 are slated in coming weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s ongoing work to build a stronger, safer highway corridor across Lake Washington.
The closures, beginning tonight, will allow WSDOT contractors for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program to perform a variety of important construction activities.
“Most of our construction work can be done without interfering with traffic, but certain projects simply demand closing off highway lanes or access ramps to ensure the safety of workers and motorists alike,” said Julie Meredith, WSDOT’s SR 520 program director. “We try to limit the number and duration of these closures as much as possible.”
A map of the closure locations is posted on WSDOT’s SR 520 website. Below is a breakdown of the planned traffic restrictions on SR 520 in coming weeks:
March 6 and 10: 84th Avenue Northeast westbound on-ramp
March 7-10: 108th Avenue Northeast/Northup Way intersection and westbound ramps
March 12, 13, 20, 27: SR 520 westbound lanes
March 21-24: 84th Avenue Northeast eastbound off-ramp
March 28-31: 92nd Avenue Northeast eastbound on-ramp
March 29: Overnight closure of Eastbound SR 520
Throughout March: SR 520 floating bridge
Highway construction is subject to weather and other factors, and scheduling can change. The SR 520 Orange Page provides up-to-date information on closures and key construction activity.
When completed, the SR 520 program will replace the existing Evergreen Point Floating Bridge on Lake Washington with a safer structure, dedicated lanes in each direction for buses and high-occupancy vehicles, a separate path along the highway corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians, and environmental improvements along SR 520 between I-5 in Seattle and SR 202 in Redmond. The Eastside Transit and HOV Project is scheduled to be completed later this summer. The new floating bridge is expected to open to traffic in early 2016.