Contact: Ian Sterling, WSDOT communications, 206-819-7230 (mobile)
Don’t be late to visit mom!
SEATTLE – Anyone who wishes to reach Seattle via State Route 520 Mother’s Day weekend should prepare for a weekend-long closure of the highway’s westbound lanes across Lake Washington.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will use the May 9-12 closure to pour the first batch of concrete – up to 30 truckloads – for the roadway deck on the new West Connection Bridge.
SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project crews will also close the on-ramps from 108th Avenue Northeast to both directions of SR 520 to complete paving in that area.
Friday night, May 9, to Monday morning, May 12:
First of several SR 520 bridge closures as construction season heats up:
“The big payoff for drivers is when the new SR 520 floating bridge opens in spring 2016,” says Floating Bridge and Landings Manager Dave Becher of WSDOT. “Besides two general-purpose lanes in each direction, the new bridge will have HOV/transit lanes and a wide path for walkers and bicyclists. What’s more, it will be structurally safer, replacing a more-than-50-year-old bridge that’s vulnerable to wind and earthquakes.”
WSDOT posts information about construction closures and nighttime work on the SR 520 Orange Page, the interactive construction and driver planning tool for the SR 520 program. The SR 520 website also provides information on the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program.