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Popular bike/pedestrian path to UW closing for 6 months

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 16:00

Roger Thompson, WSDOT communications, 206-770-3608 (office); 206-819-7230 (mobile)

Closure needed to rebuild SR 520 overpass, construct new off-ramp in Montlake

SEATTLE – Contractor crews rebuilding State Route 520 in Seattle plan next week to close a key bicycle and pedestrian route between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill. The route crosses SR 520 on the 24th Avenue East overpass, which crews are closing for up to six months.

The closure, which could start as early as Monday, Aug. 31, if weather allows, will enable workers to extend the overpass northward and make room for a new westbound off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard. During the six-month closure, bicyclists and pedestrians crossing SR 520 in the Montlake area will be detoured to a newly widened Montlake Boulevard sidewalk via East North Street.

The 24th Avenue East overpass closed to vehicular traffic last fall, so motorists should not be affected by the closing of the street’s bicycle and pedestrian path.

“People who typically bike or walk to and from the university area on 24th need to plan ahead and build a few more minutes into their schedule for the detour,” said Brian Dobbins, engineering manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation on the SR 520 West Approach Bridge North Project. The bike path will reopen when the new 24th Avenue off-ramp is completed, he noted.

After the new 24th Avenue off-ramp opens in early 2016, the existing westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard will be removed. That existing ramp passes through the Washington Park Arboretum.

For up-to-date information on highway closures and construction activity associated with SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, please visit the SR 520 Orange Page, or follow the project on Twitter.

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