SR 520 email update - Oct. 1, 2014
Pre-construction open house this Thursday!
Join us this Thursday, Oct. 2 for an open house at the Montlake Community Center. Attend to learn about the construction of the West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN) and meet our contractor, Flatiron West, Inc. Staff will be available to talk about the construction schedule, tree removal and replacement, traffic improvements and effects in Montlake, benefits the highway project will bring to the community and the region, and construction-notification tools. We look forward to seeing you as we launch construction of this critical piece of the new SR 520 corridor.
Date: Oct. 2, 2014
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Montlake Community Center
618 E. Calhoun St.
Seattle, WA 98112
We’re starting a special e-mail list just for the Montlake area construction. Think of it as the hyper-local, small-batch version of our program construction news. Sign up for it right here by entering your email address and checking the subscription box for “SR 520 West Approach Bridge North Project.”
Construction begins in Seattle
Construction activities for the West Approach Bridge North will become more visible as this major component of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program gets underway. Activities to expect this month include:
• Installation of field trailers
• Installation of fencing and other site preparation
• Tree removal as necessary for construction on Foster Island and around the old Museum of History and Industry
• Temporary trail closures in the Arboretum
Nobody likes construction-related surprises, so stay informed! Besides the open house and the new West Approach Bridge North Project email update, there are many other ways to stay abreast of the latest construction activity:
• Follow @wsdot_520 on Twitter! | This is the Twitter account for breaking news, fun facts, questions answered, and interesting photos.
• Watch the Orange Page | Our interactive webpage features all upcoming road closures.
• Sign up for email updates about construction | Enter your email address and check the subscription box for “SR 520 West Approach Bridge North Project.”
• Email project staff | Send e-mails to: sr520Bridge@wsdot.wa.gov.
• Call us anytime | 24-hour construction hotline: 206-708-4657.
• Attend our public meetings with the contractor on the first Wednesday of every month; they’re from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Graham Visitor Center at Washington Arboretum Park, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle. (Note: the Dec. 3 meeting will be at the Montlake Community Center, 1618 E. Calhoun St.)
Upcoming closure: Bellevue Way and SR 520 ramps Oct. 3 to 6
Crews will close all lanes of Bellevue Way between 103rd Avenue Northeast and Lake Washington Boulevard, including the SR 520 on- and off-ramps at Bellevue Way and the intersection with Northup Way, from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6.
All lanes and sidewalks of Bellevue Way will be closed while crews install drainage on the Bellevue Way roadway and SR 520 ramps. Access to neighboring businesses will be maintained via a signed detour. Access to Points Drive Northeast will be maintained from southbound Lake Washington Boulevard. All ramps and roadways will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6.
Upcoming closures: Westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard
Overnight, weekday closures of SR 520’s westbound off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard will occur for the next few months as construction kicks into high gear for the West Approach Bridge North. These overnight closures also will involve a single westbound lane of the highway across Foster Island. The off-ramp and lane closures are needed to allow the delivery of construction materials for the new bridge.
These overnight closures will start at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, with the westbound off-ramp and lane reopening at 6 a.m. the following mornings. The first week of closures starts this Sunday night, Oct. 5.
Pontoon watch: More pontoons on the move!
With 57 out of 77 pontoons needed to build the new floating bridge already on Lake Washington, crews will be towing several more pontoons to the lake over the next week. Beginning today, Wednesday, Oct. 1, a flotilla of tugboats began escorting two large, longitudinal pontoons and two smaller, supplemental pontoons from Aberdeen. They should arrive on Lake Washington late this week and over the weekend, pending favorable weather off the coast. Three smaller pontoons will also be floated up from Tacoma late this week. When this latest fleet of constructed pontoons arrives, we’ll have 64 on the lake.
The WSDOT website has web tracking tools and prime pontoon spotting locations should you want to follow the latest pontoon migration. If you catch a photo of the pontoon arrival this weekend, post it to Twitter and tag @WSDOT_520.