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Traveler alert: SR 520 weekend closure begins Friday, Nov. 20

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 09:53

Steve Peer, WSDOT communications, 425-301-2023

Westbound lanes will reopen Sunday morning in time for Seahawks’ kickoff

SEATTLE – Drivers headed across Lake Washington this weekend should plan ahead for a closure of State Route 520.

Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, the Washington State Department of Transportation will shut down both directions (pdf 468 kb) of SR 520 across Lake Washington between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Interstate 5. All lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23. To help fans get to Sunday’s Seahawks game, crews will reopen westbound SR 520 at 11 a.m. that day.

Contractor crews working on the West Approach Bridge North Project—part of WSDOT’s SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program—will use the closure to remove portions of the 24th Avenue East bridge over the highway, reconstruct a median between the eastbound on- and off-ramps at Montlake Boulevard, and pave and then stripe a new lane on the eastbound off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard. Other WSDOT and contractor crews will use the closure to make improvements along the SR 520 highway, including utility upgrades on the east side of the lake at the Evergreen Point Road transit station and near 84th Avenue Northeast, maintenance of tolling equipment, and maintenance repairs on the floating bridge and Portage Bay Bridge.

Closure details
• 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22: crews will close all eastbound lanes and ramps of SR 520 from I-5 to 92nd Avenue Northeast, including Portage Bay Bridge. All westbound lanes and ramps will be closed from 92nd Avenue Northeast to Montlake Boulevard. There will also be intermittent single-lane closures on Montlake Boulevard and East Park Drive East as weather permits.
• 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22: crews will reopen the westbound lanes of SR 520. The westbound off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard and eastbound SR 520 will remain closed.
• 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23: crews will reopen all remaining ramps the eastbound lanes of SR 520.

Montlake Boulevard ramps
The westbound SR 520 on-ramp at Montlake Boulevard will remain open throughout the weekend. The westbound SR 520 off-ramp and the eastbound SR 520 on- and off-ramps at Montlake Boulevard will not reopen until 5 a.m. Monday.

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

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