Jan. 30, 2015
Montlake construction to close different lanes of different things beginning Monday, Feb. 2
A bevy of construction activities over the next several weeks will affect drivers moving to or through the SR 520 / Montlake Boulevard interchange area. Please note the following closures and make plans as necessary:
- Single-lane closure on eastbound ramps to and from Montlake Boulevard occurring Feb. 2 to Feb. 5 . The ramp lanes will be closed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for drainage-installation work. Cars will still be able to use the ramps, but delays could occur depending on traffic volume.
- Single-lane closures on northbound Montlake Boulevard beginning as early as week of Feb. 2 . These intermittent nighttime closures will allow crews to do sidewalk-widening work, improve pedestrian islands to meet ADA standards, and prepare the area near a recently closed Montlake Boulevard bus stop and the now-removed bike lockers for construction of a new westbound off-ramp.
- Single-lane closures on East Lake Washington Boulevard beginning as early as week of Feb. 2 . These daytime lane closures will allow crews to conduct pothole repairs and tree trimming and removal. “No Parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of the work.
- Full westbound closure of SR 520 happening overnight Feb. 9 to 10 . The closure will happen between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard. All westbound lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. so crews can safely move two large cranes into the West Approach Bridge North work zone.
Demolition of former MOHAI building to start in February
The old home of the Museum of History and Industry will be demolished beginning in February. (Don’t worry – all that history and industry is safe and secure in the museum’s new location in South Lake Union .) The building is coming down to accommodate a series of improvements to the Montlake area.
First, the old MOHAI location will serve as a construction staging area so crews can build a new westbound off-ramp to 24th Avenue East . This off-ramp will connect to East Lake Washington Boulevard. Later, at the project’s completion in 2017, the area will become a nifty natural area with vegetation and a basin to capture stormwater runoff from the reconstructed highway, thus improving water quality in Lake Washington. The surrounding area will feature trails and be integrated into the nearby East Montlake Park and Washington Park Arboretum.
Demolition of New England football team to start Sunday