Dec. 16, 2014
Gov. Inslee celebrates completion of SR 520’s Eastside improvements while unveiling his transportation package
Gov. Jay Inslee today (Dec. 16) unveiled his plan for improving Washington state’s transportation infrastructure. The governor announced his “Let’s Move Forward” legislative proposal atop a new highway lid in Medina while joining state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and others to celebrate the completion of SR 520’s Eastside Transit and HOV Project.
Most major elements of the three-year highway project are now finished. Key SR 520 improvements on the Eastside include:
• New transit/HOV lanes from Evergreen Point Road to I-405
• New median transit stops at Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue Northeast
• A direct-access carpool and transit ramp at 108th Avenue Northeast
• Community-connecting lids across SR 520 at Evergreen Point Road, 84th Avenue Northeast, and 92nd Avenue Northeast
• A 2.2-mile pedestrian and bicycle path along the highway’s north side
• Noise-reduction walls between Evergreen Point Road and the vicinity of 108th Avenue Northeast
• Stormwater detention facilities and fish-friendly culverts along the corridor
Gov. Inslee’s transportation package includes funds to complete SR 520’s planned but currently unfunded improvements in Seattle between I-5 and Lake Washington. Read the governor’s news release to learn more about the plan.
Improvements coming to streets around Montlake Boulevard interchange
Major construction kicks off this week around SR 520’s Montlake Boulevard interchange as part of the West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN). Crews this week (Dec. 15-21) are beginning a variety of local street improvements, starting with the widening of the eastbound SR 520 ramps to and from Montlake Boulevard. These and other Montlake-area improvements are designed to provide additional capacity on SR 520 ramps, improve traffic flow at the interchange, and provide safer bicycle and pedestrian travel when the WABN project is complete.
But wait - ‘tis the season for giving specifics! As more construction plans are finalized, we will be sharing them with subscribers to our WABN email newsletter. So sign up for our West Approach Bridge North construction alerts to stock up on Montlake-area construction specifics just in time for the holidays.