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Montlake Freeway Stations closing for SR 520 construction

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:09

Steve Peer, WSDOT communications, 425-301-2023
Rachelle Cunningham, Sound Transit communications, 925-216-0755
Martin Munguia, Community Transit PIO, 425-348-2348
Jeff Switzer, King County Metro communications, 206-477-3833

Permanent bus stop closures start June 22; other east/west service increased

SEATTLE – Crews will permanently close both the eastbound and westbound stops of the Montlake Freeway Station later this month to build the $455 million SR 520 Montlake Project.

The project is the first phase of the State Route 520’s Rest of the West, a suite of projects that connects the east/west SR 520 corridor between Lake Washington and Interstate 5 in Seattle. The first phase constructs a new Montlake community (pdf 687 kb) connecting-lid with a transit hub, rebuilds the Montlake Boulevard interchange, builds a bike and pedestrian bridge over SR 520 and constructs new eastbound lanes between Montlake Boulevard East and the new floating bridge.

Starting with service on Saturday, June 22, all Metro Transit, Community Transit and Sound Transit bus routes (pdf 675 kb) will no longer stop on SR 520 in the Montlake area. Riders can board, exit or transfer between buses at other locations, including on Montlake Boulevard, and the University of Washington Link light rail Station.

“Removing the Freeway Stations next to SR 520 will allow crews to safely build improvements to the Montlake area and deliver the project benefits quicker” said Omar Jepperson, deputy SR 520 program director. “We have worked closely with other agencies to minimize the effects on cross-lake transit riders”.

Expanded service
WSDOT has partnered with Sound Transit to expand bus route 542 – the primary east/west route between Seattle and the University of Washington. The new expanded service, operated by King County Metro Transit, will occur in the evenings and on weekends and will provide seven-day service between Redmond and the University District.

Expediting future SR 520 construction
WSDOT is also expediting construction of a new reversible transit/HOV ramp between SR 520 and I-5. Originally planned to open in 2029, the SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project will now open in 2023, six years earlier than planned to align with the completion of the Montlake Project. Once complete, the new connector will provide a safer, more reliable trip for transit users on the SR 520 corridor and the South Lake Union neighborhood.

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