SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - News and updates

July 27, 2021 | Rest of the West news

In this update:

See you tomorrow: Learn about the next major phase of SR 520 construction

We’re excited to kick off the next phase of SR 520 construction: the SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project. Join us at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, July 28 for a presentation from our construction team and learn more about the project and what you can expect in the coming months.

Meeting details

Date/time: Wednesday, July 28, 12:30 p.m.
Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PujE3IruQpG-KC_kiOMAeg

You can also learn more about this work by visiting our project webpage, reading our blog, or watching our latest video.

An aerial view of I-5 near the Mercer Street interchange in Seattle.
An aerial view of I-5 near the SR 520 interchange in Seattle. 

Heads up Montlake neighbors: power outage Friday night, July 30

Neighbors between SR 520 and the Montlake Cut will temporarily lose power this Friday night, July 30. Lights will go dark between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This power outage also reaches several homes south of SR 520, and all affected homes received a notice on their door. 

Mark your calendars! August Montlake public meeting

Find out what's ahead for construction on the Montlake Project by attending our monthly online meeting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. Like every meeting, you’ll be able to participate in Q&A with our project team. We hope you can make it!

Register: http://bit.ly/SR520_Aug11_Meeting 

Plan ahead: weekend road and ramp closures in Montlake

If you’re traveling through Montlake this weekend, plan ahead for road and ramp closures. As always, construction schedules are dynamic and subject to change. Check the SR 520 Construction Corner for the latest updates.

July 23, 2021 | Rest of the West news

In this update:

Join the kickoff for the SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project

Join our first virtual public meeting for the next SR 520 construction project at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. You’ll meet the project team and learn about what you can expect from construction near the SR 520 and I-5 interchange in Seattle.

The SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project will extend SR 520’s new transit/HOV system onto the I-5 express lanes, creating a direct bus and carpool connection between the Eastside, South Lake Union and downtown Seattle. Check out the video below or read our latest blog post to learn more.

Meeting details

Screenshot of YouTube play button over the title screen for the SR 520 and I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project video. 

Market cleanup and remediation work continues

This week crews dug up and removed the underground storage tanks from the former 76 gas station property along Montlake Boulevard. The next step is to excavate and remove the site’s contaminated soil.

An excavator digs up the ground near the Montlake Market construction work zone.
Crews unearth the large tanks before hauling them off the site. 

 

Travel reminder: upcoming work

  • Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed in both directions the weekends of July 23-26 and July 30-Aug. 2 between 10 p.m. each Friday and 6 a.m. each Monday.
  • The on-ramp from Montlake Boulevard to westbound SR 520 will be closed the weekends of July 23-26 and July 30-Aug. 2 from 11 p.m. each Friday to 5 a.m. each Monday.
  • The off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard from westbound SR 520 will be closed over night July 27 and July 28 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night.

Good To Go! is back

Good To Go! is now open following a temporary closure while we transitioned to a new system. There are plenty of new features to explore on the new and improved MyGoodToGo.com – including new payment options, opt-in text messaging alerts, and more self-service tools.

Take some time checking everything out, and if you need help, we created some video guides to walk your through a few common tasks on the new website.

Want more information about the upgrade? Visit our system transition page.

July 14, 2021 | Rest of the West news

In this update:

We're building a better bus/carpool connecton between the Eastside and South Lake Union

Learn about the next major phase of SR 520 reconstruction at our July 28 virtual public meeting

Already planning out the rest of your summer? So are we! As early as next month, we’re beginning construction on a new project in Seattle – the SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project. This project will extend SR 520’s new transit/HOV system onto the I-5 express lanes, creating a direct bus and carpool connection between the Eastside, South Lake Union and downtown Seattle. The reversible transit/HOV lane will initially open only to transit; carpools will use the reversible lane following completion of a new Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke lid. Our latest blog post and video have more about what you can expect.

Interested in learning more? We’re hosting a virtual public meeting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. You’ll have a chance to hear from the project team about what we’re building, how we’ll build it, and how we’ll keep travelers and neighbors informed during construction. Below is the meeting registration link.

Meeting details

Date/time: Wednesday, July 28, 12:30 p.m.
Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PujE3IruQpG-KC_kiOMAeg 

SR 520 closed Wednesday and Thursday night this week

Reminder travelers: There are two overnight directional closures of SR 520 this week as crews work on the underside of a freeway lid we’re building over SR 520 in Montlake.

From 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 14 through 5 a.m. Thursday, July 15, crews will close eastbound SR 520 across Lake Washington between Montlake Boulevard and the Eastside.

Eastbound SR 520 closure details:

  • All associated on- and off-ramps to eastbound SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue Northeast will be closed.
  • Eastbound traffic on SR 520 from I-5 must exit at Montlake Boulevard.
  • The SR 520 Trail will be open across Lake Washington.

Illustrative map of SR 520 eastbound lane closure between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue.

Then, from 9 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 15 through 5 a.m. Friday, July 16, crews will close westbound SR 520 across Lake Washington between the Eastside and Montlake Boulevard.

Illustrative map of SR 520 westbound lane closure between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue.

Westbound SR 520 closure details:

  • All associated on- and off-ramps to westbound SR 520 between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard will be closed, including the westbound HOV on-ramp from 108th Avenue Northeast.
  • Montlake Boulevard on-ramp to eastbound SR 520 will be closed (this is an ongoing weeknight occurrence).
  • The SR 520 Trail will be open across Lake Washington.

Lake Washington Boulevard closed the next two weekends

Illustrative map of the Lake Washington Boulevard closure between Montlake Boulevard and East Foster Island Road highlighted in red.

Over the next two weekends, July 16-19 and July 23-26, crews will fully close Lake Washington Boulevard as they continue to work on drainage. These closures will begin at 10 p.m. each Friday, and last until 6 a.m. each Monday. Visit the Construction Corner for the latest information about this work.

Heads up: Montlake on-ramp to westbound SR 520 closed July 23-26

From 11 p.m. Friday, July 23 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 26, crews will close the Montlake Boulevard on-ramp to westbound SR 520 for electrical work. Plan ahead if you’re traveling through the area, and check the Construction Corner map for future updates about the weekend closure.

 

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.
  • Follow us on Twitter @wsdot_520 to get key news and updates about the SR 520 program.

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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"
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