SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program

Advisories

For the most up-to-date information about SR 520 construction activities and planned road closures, check our SR 520 Construction Corner and its interactive construction map. You also can view Montlake Project construction photos taken daily, 'round the clock, by four mounted construction cameras.

Current News

Montlake Project construction temporarily suspended

In keeping with Gov. Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order (pdf 221 kb), WSDOT today, March 26, is suspending work on nearly all of its construction projects statewide, including the SR 520 Montlake Project. This temporary halt in construction will last for at least two weeks. Construction will resume when the Governor’s Office and health officials determine it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we wish good health to you and your family, friends and neighbors. We’re all in this together. Stay safe!

Community's design ideas for Portage Bay project noted in new report

The SR 520 team conducted an extensive public engagement process last summer and fall to solicit community feedback on conceptual designs for the Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project. Our newly published report (pdf 2 mb) summarizes the outreach activities, the public’s design ideas for key project elements, and how WSDOT incorporated those ideas into a refined design concept. In addition, the report’s appendices (pdf 3.2 mb) contain all the verbatim comments from the community.

Out with the old, in with the new

Crews remove the old SR 520 west approach bridge over Lake Union, alongside a new bridge

WSDOT contractor crews with the SR 520 Montlake Project are removing the 1960s-era highway bridge over Union Bay that for decades connected Seattle to the old, now-replaced SR 520 floating bridge. The December 2019 photo above shows old support columns and girders that crews exposed after cutting apart and hauling away concrete roadway decking. The tall crane rests upon a temporary work trestle that, together with the narrower work trestle at left, crews gradually will extend farther east into the lake. As the old bridge is removed, crews will construct a new, three-lane bridge between the trestles. The new bridge will carry eastbound traffic from Montlake to the new floating bridge. 

After the new structure opens in three to four years, the two-way bridge to its north will revert back to a three-lane, westbound-only bridge. More Montlake Project construction photos can be viewed on the SR 520 Program's Flickr collection.

Program overview

The SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program is enhancing public safety and mobility by replacing the highway's aging, vulnerable bridges and making significant transit and roadway improvements throughout the corridor. Built in stages, the construction program's completed and planned improvements extend from I-405 in Bellevue to I-5 in Seattle.

map of the SR 520 corridor's major projects

Click on the map above to visit our SR 520 Major Projects webpage.

Contact

Email: SR520bridge@wsdot.wa.gov
Phone: 206-770-3500
Find SR 520 Program contact information: Contact Us

 

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