SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - News and updates

Feb. 14, 2018 | News of the week

Reminder - Montlake Market online survey closes Thursday, Feb. 14

There are just two days left to take our survey. We’d like your feedback on scenarios and tradeoffs associated with our efforts to potentially preserve the Montlake Market and market building during upcoming SR 520 construction.

The survey is available online and is open until 5 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 14.

Before you take the survey, please read through handouts (pdf 590 kb) from our January public meeting on this topic, as well as the meeting’s presentation slides. The meeting materials include a list of more than 50 ideas suggested for preserving the market, and a chart of potential market-related scenarios and tradeoffs (the last page of the meeting handouts (pdf 590 kb)).

The survey results will be posted online and provided to the SR 520 Program team and WSDOT leadership to help inform a decision about the market building.

Montlake Bridge closed this weekend to cars; sidewalk to remain open to bikes and pedestrians

Do your travel plans take you to or through Montlake this weekend? If so, plan ahead because maintenance crews will close the Montlake Bridge from 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. They’ll use that time to make repairs to the bridge’s grid deck. The sidewalk will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians during the roadway closure.

As part of this work, the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard also will be closed. Drivers should detour through the Lake Washington Boulevard off-ramp.

If you have any questions, please call (206)-440-4452. Please note, this work is not associated with the SR 520 Program.

Jan. 18, 2018 | News of the week

Montlake Project soils-testing update

As some of our project neighbors may recall, WSDOT conducted soil tests between 2016 and 2018 in the public right of way near the Montlake Market and 76 gas station property. Those tests showed petroleum-related contaminants in the roadway outside the property. In December 2018 WSDOT was able to conduct soils testing on the property that houses those two businesses. With the results now available from the recent testing, we would like to provide an update to you.

The testing completed to date on this property showed petroleum-related contaminants in both the soil and in the groundwater. In some locations on the property, the amount of soil and groundwater contamination is above the level that triggers cleanup as defined by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Earlier today, Friday, Jan. 18, we posted the final report of the test results (pdf 134 kb) to the SR 520 Program website, and we’re notifying elected officials, Montlake neighbors, and other project stakeholders. We want to be as transparent as possible with this information. We’ll share another update on this topic at our next public meeting on Jan. 30 regarding WSDOT’s efforts to preserve the Montlake Market. Details of that meeting are below.

The SR 520 Program is working closely with technical experts to determine more about the next steps regarding contaminated materials. We’ll keep the public informed as we know more.