- WSDOT is continuing design of the West Approach Bridge North Project.
- Stay tuned for additional information and opportunities for public involvement.
Why is WSDOT
building a new west approach bridge?
The existing west approach bridge is a fixed structure that connects the floating bridge to the Montlake interchange. The hollow columns supporting the bridge are vulnerable to a catastrophic earthquake, and the four-lane roadway has narrow shoulders and no transit/HOV or bicycle/pedestrian lanes.
The final design for the I-5 to Medina Bridge Replacement and HOV Project includes building two new west approach bridges – one each for eastbound and westbound traffic – that will connect the new floating bridge to the Montlake area. The new structures will be built to modern earthquake standards and support a six-lane corridor with a bicycle/pedestrian path that connects to local and regional trails.
At this time, WSDOT is funded to build the north approach bridge.
The End Result
When complete, the new west approach bridge north will connect westbound-traveling cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians traveling from the floating bridge to the Montlake area.
Eastbound traffic will continue to use the existing west approach structure until funding is provided for the west approach bridge south.
If the existing west approach bridge fails in a catastrophic event, the west approach bridge north could support four lanes of traffic in an interim configuration.
The West Approach Bridge North project will:
- Build a new, seismically sound structure designed to modern earthquake standards.
- Connect the new floating bridge to the Montlake area.
- Complete the bicycle and pedestrian connection across Lake Washington.
- Build environmental improvements like a new Arboretum trail, a public park north of SR 520, and a stormwater treatment facility at the old MOHAI site.
- Remove the westbound Arboretum off-ramp and unused R.H. Thomson ramps.
- Connect a new transit/HOV lane between Montlake and the Eastside.
What is the project timeline?
- Spring 2014: Advertise WABN construction contract
- Spring 2014: Select contractor team
- Summer 2014: Begin construction
- Fall 2016: Open west approach bridge north to traffic
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
The West Approach Bridge North project is fully funded.
Visit the SR 520 Costs, Funding and Tolling page for additional information about SR 520 program funding.
How can I get more information?
Infoline: 1-888-520-NEWS (6397)
Mail: West Approach Bridge North Project
SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program
999 3rd Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
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