SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - News and updates

June 22, 2020 | Rest of the West news

What to expect in Montlake this week from SR 520 construction

Be prepared this week for sidewalk and roadway closures as part of Montlake Project construction. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Work happening this week
    • June 29-July 17: Sidewalk and crosswalk closure on east side of Montlake Boulevard at East Shelby Street
  • Work happening next week
    • July 8: Daytime lane reduction on Lake Washington Boulevard

Sidewalk detours along Montlake Boulevard

A map of Montlake Boulevard. The crosswalk at East shelby street is marked closed, as is the sidewalk on the east side of Montlake in that area. The detour is on the west side of the street between pacific street and lake washington boulevard.

Crews are working to make the sidewalks on the east side of the Montlake Boulevard and East Shelby Street intersection ADA compliant. Please follow sidewalk detour routes while we complete this work.

As always, construction schedules are dynamic and subject to change. Check the Construction Corner map for the latest updates.

Paddle on, but stay out of the construction zone!

Kayakers and canoers will soon notice new barriers on Lake Washington near the Arboretum. These will keep paddlers safely out of the construction zone. Check out this new video to learn more about how to stay safe while you enjoy the lake this summer!

A map of SR 520 in Union Bay. Under 520 and south of it, west of foster island, is marked no access. North of 520, and under 520 east of foster island, is marked caution.

Bring your questions to July 8 online meeting

We’re looking forward to answering your Montlake Project construction questions and giving you a project update at our online meeting on Wednesday, July 8. As always, we’ll save the last half of the meeting for Q&A with our team.

Meeting details

Date/time: July 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Registration: https://bit.ly/2XOtHckSR520 We’ll send confirmation and reminder emails as we approach the event.

You can join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Access to the internet will be required to view the presentation and your device speakers must be enabled.

SR 520 sentinel lights shining red, white and blue in honor of Fourth of July

In honor of Independence Day, the SR 520 Floating Bridge sentinel lights are shining red, white and blue this week. Additionally, our crews will not be working over the weekend. We wish you all a happy and safe holiday!

The SR 520 floating bridge sentinels shine red, white and blue at night, reflected in Lake Washington.
The SR 520 floating bridge sentinels shine red, white and blue at night.

 

June 22, 2020 | Rest of the West news

Halloween in June? Not quite – fog from liquid nitrogen is part of ongoing construction

If you’ve taken the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard recently, you may have noticed some fog. Never fear, this is part of ongoing construction! Crews are excavating an access pit in this area to help replace a waterline that runs under SR 520. Water-saturated soils kept sliding in while we dug, so we’re freezing the ground with liquid nitrogen. Crews installed underground pipes to carry liquid nitrogen, creating a frozen dam that allows us to continue digging. The liquid nitrogen vapors are harmless, so don’t get spooked! You can learn more about this process in our latest video.

A construction pit next to a highway off-ramp is surrounded by fog rising up from pipes around the pit.

 

May 28, 2020 | News of the week

Burb's Burgers food truck coming to Montlake!

WSDOT has selected the Huxley Wallace Collective’s proposal to operate a food truck by the name of Burb’s Burgers in the Montlake area. The food truck will be located on a portion of the former Montlake Market property just off East Roanoke Street, west of the intersection with Montlake Boulevard. Burb’s Burgers will follow all applicable guidelines for operating in the current COVID-19 environment, and plans to be open seven days a week for the duration of Montlake Project construction – until approximately 2023.

A map of the S R 520 Montlake Boulevard Interchange. A green dot on East Roanoke street, west of Montlake Boulevard, is labeled Food truck location.

The Huxley Wallace team writes: “The menu includes breakfast options, amazing cheeseburgers, sandwiches, shakes, fries, and weekly specials. We plan to create a beautiful outdoor dining space complete with beer garden and special guests to be enjoyed year round. Prior to Burb’s Burgers, Huxley Wallace Collective has concepted, developed, and operated a number of award-winning food and beverage establishments across the Seattle area including Skillet, Westward, Great State Burger, and Quality Athletics.”

A black, white and orange food truck is parked on the side of a road. It's labeled Burb's hamburgers.

For updates about the opening date and additional information, visit www.burbsburger.com or @burbsburger on Instagram.

Thank you again to the more than 500 community members who participated in last year’s survey about this neighborhood market/food service opportunity. Those responses informed WSDOT’s selection criteria and will shape the offerings to come. Your collaboration, and the effort of 43rd District legislators in response to the community’s interest in maintaining a food service and gathering space in the Montlake neighborhood, helped make this opportunity possible.

 

May 19, 2020 | News of the week

Low-risk construction activities resume on SR 520 Montlake Project

WSDOT temporarily paused most construction projects in the state on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with Gov. Inslee’s phased approach to reopening Washington’s economy, the SR 520 Montlake Project resumed key low-risk construction activities on Monday, May 18.

Looking over eastbound SR 520 in Montlake. The highway is empty. In the background is a construction site with large cranes.

As we restart construction, all crews are required to adhere to specific safety protocols that help ensure the health and safety of workers on the site.

The initial activities in this phase of low-risk work include:

  • Removing trees in the median along Montlake Boulevard; vegetation will be replanted when the project is complete. (See more details below.)
  • Removing the former Montlake Market building and 76 gas station; this work will begin later this week and last several weeks. (See more details below.)
  • Working near the westbound off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard in preparation for a waterline replacement.

Future phases of work later this spring and summer, pending additional direction from the Governor’s Office, include:

  • Temporarily closing Montlake Boulevard over a weekend to complete utility work along Montlake Boulevard.
  • Closing SR 520 for a weekend to shift traffic lanes to provide additional work space for construction of the Montlake lid foundations and supporting walls.
  • Continuing installation of a temporary work bridge on Lake Washington.

 

May 12, 2020 | News of the week

520History.org: a free educational community resource

Are you a student of history? How about geography, civics, anthropology or geology? You can learn about all of these topics at 520History.org. It’s a free, publicly accessible website created in collaboration with HistoryLink staff and a variety of other subject matter experts.

Given the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state, we thought it would be worth reminding students of all ages that this website contains a wealth of fascinating information about the SR 520 corridor, Lake Washington, and the surrounding landscape, stretching back over 13,000 years. There are even fully developed lesson plans for grades 3, 4, 7 and 8, in case you have an elementary- or middle school-aged student at home—or you want to do some virtual learning of your own! We hope you find the website useful and informative.

 

How to reach us and stay informed about SR 520 construction:

  • Call the 24-hour construction hotline (206-775-8885) with pressing Montlake Project questions or concerns.
  • Call the SR 520 Program information line (206-770-3554, M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) with general SR 520 inquiries.
  • Email SR 520 staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.
  • Visit the SR 520 Construction Corner for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.
  • Visit the SR 520 Program website to find general information about the project.
  • Visit the Montlake Project Information Center at 2209 E. North St., open Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Follow us on Twitter @wsdot_520 to get key news and updates about the SR 520 program.
  • (Please note: The Information Center is currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.) Stop by in person at the Montlake Project Information Center (2209 E. North St.), open Mondays and Wednesdays noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon, and the third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon.

Get weekly updates via email

Visit the WSDOT email updates page, enter your email address, and under "Construction Reports" select one of the following:

"SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program"
The email update on the entire program, from I-5 to I-405. Includes information on highway closures, construction milestones, and upcoming public meetings.

"SR 520 Rest of the West News"
Construction is underway on our next stage of construction in Seattle -- the Montlake Project. This update focuses squarely on SR 520 construction activities and other project updates in Seattle.