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June 14, 2018 | Rest of the West news

Montlake Bridge lane closures Saturday morning, June 16

Heads up Montlake travelers – Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews are making repairs to the deck on the Montlake Bridge this weekend.

To do this, they’ll need to close the left lane in both directions across the Montlake Bridge from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16. One lane in each direction and the sidewalk will remain open during this work.

The work is unrelated to the SR 520 reconstruction project. If you have questions, please call Nicole Daniels at 406-440-4479 or report noise concerns to 1-888-808-4DOT (4368).

Sidewalk repair and detour along Montlake Blvd E begin as soon as Monday, June 18

A map of Montlake Boulevard with the right section of the road between east shelby and hamlin streets highlighted and labeled sidewalk and bus stop closed. There is an alternate route highlighted in blue on the left side of the street labeled north and southbound pedestrian detour route.The Seattle Department of Transportation is moving forward with another local project as part of the SR 520 Montlake Phase Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan (pdf). As early as Monday, June 18, SDOT will begin to repair and widen the sidewalk along Montlake Boulevard East between East Hamlin and East Shelby streets (see project limits on the map).

An improved sidewalk makes it easier to walk and bike, and supports a connection to the new SR 520 Trail. The city project is in addition to traffic-calming projects SDOT is conducting as part of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan. 

What to expect during construction

  • Typical construction work hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for up to 3 weeks.
  • Temporary sidewalk restrictions, with a biking and walking detour around the east side of Montlake Boulevard East between East Shelby and East Hamlin streets.
  • Those walking or biking north from Lake Washington Boulevard East will need to move to the west side of Montlake Boulevard between Lake Washington Boulevard East and East Shelby Street. Please follow all posted signs.
  • Short-term bus-lane restrictions outside of peak periods, generally 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. This provides crews sufficient space to work safely.
  • Temporary bus-stop closure at the southeast corner of Montlake Boulevard East and East Shelby Street. The bus stop on the east side of Montlake Boulevard at SR 520 will remain open during this work. However, those using this bus stop will need to cross to the west side of Montlake Boulevard to proceed north (see map). Please visit King County Metro’s website for details and updates.
  • Typical construction-related noise, dust, and odors during construction work hours.

Questions about the project? Contact Golnaz Camarda at 206-684-3136 or

Welcome to the Rest of the West news email updates! 

You may have noticed a new header in this email update – Rest of the West news. As we mentioned in our last email update, we’ve completed the West Approach Bridge North Project and now are gearing up to begin the Montlake Phase of construction this fall. It’s the next phase of improvements we’ll be making to the SR 520 corridor from Lake Washington to I-5.

Throughout the summer, we’ll send project updates and expected traffic impacts to this email list, and in the fall we’ll use this list as construction begins. If you no longer wish to receive construction notifications, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of this email. If you have any questions or comments our contact information is listed below. 

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How to reach us and stay informed about SR 520 construction:

  • Call the SR 520 information line (206-770-3554) with questions or concerns.
  • Email SR 520 staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.
  • Visit the SR 520 Orange Page for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.
  • Visit the SR 520 Program website to find general information about the project.
  • Follow us on Twitter @wsdot_520 to get key news and updates about the SR 520 program. 

Thank you for signing up for the SR 520 Rest of the West news email updates. WSDOT will keep the community informed of current and planned construction activities through these updates and the other tools listed above.