SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - News and updates

Nov. 15, 2018 | Rest of the west news

Missed last week’s public meeting regarding the Montlake Market property? Watch a video recording online

For those who weren’t able to attend last week’s public meeting regarding the Montlake Market property, we’ve posted a video of the proceeding online. In the video, you can view the WSDOT presentation, both Q&A sessions, and the listening session where attendees provided WSDOT their feedback. Additionally, the presentation slides are available online, and other meeting handouts are located in the SR 520 Program materials library.

We’re currently developing a Q&A document based on the comments and questions we received in person that night, as well as through hand-written and emailed comments. We’ll provide a link to this document once it’s complete and posted online.

Nighttime geotechnical work scheduled for week after Thanksgiving at SR 520/I-5 interchange

In preparation for future SR 520 construction, crews will drill holes later this month in the roadway near the SR 520/I-5 interchange to evaluate the soil and geotechnical conditions within WSDOT’s right of way. This work is planned for the week after Thanksgiving, and will occur during nighttime hours to minimize traffic impacts and protect the safety of workers and the traveling public.

WSDOT has received the necessary permits, including a temporary noise variance from the city of Seattle, to complete this work. The work will be performed using construction best management practices and sequenced in a way to minimize the duration and level of noise nearby residents may hear. Nearby neighbors may see lights and hear intermittent noise from drilling equipment.

This work will require nighttime lane and ramp closures. These closures, listed below, will take place from approximately 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night:

Monday, Nov. 26

  • Crews will close the left lane of the on-ramp from westbound SR 520 to southbound I-5

Tuesday, Nov. 27

  • Crews will close the ramp from southbound I-5 to eastbound SR 520

Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 29

  • Crews will close the off-ramp from westbound SR 520 to East Roanoke Street

If you have any questions during this work, please call the on-call SR 520 representative at 206-200-9484.


Nov. 13, 2018 | Rest of the west news

News to brighten your day: westbound SR 520 open after weekend work

Crews reopened westbound SR 520 early Monday morning, Nov. 12, after a full weekend of work. During the closure, crews replaced 1,750 light bulbs and fixtures that illuminate the westbound lanes under the SR 520 lids at Evergreen Point Road, 84th Avenue Northeast and 92nd Avenue Northeast. The weekend also provided crews the opportunity to work on overhead signage, take measurements for future construction and perform routine maintenance.

Construction workers in lifts replace light bulbs under a lid over a highway.

What’s next

Crews will be back in December for a second, complementary eastbound closure over the Dec. 1-2 weekend. During that time, they’ll replace another 1,750 lights and fixtures, this time under the SR 520 lids covering the eastbound lanes. We’ll send out more details about this second closure as we get closer.

Cancelled – nightly ramp closures this week

Good news, night owls - we've cancelled this week's overnight closures of the ramp from westbound SR 520 to southbound I-5. Crews were able to drop off the drilling equipment during the day without closing the ramp. The drilling work will take place this week during daytime hours only and won't require any closures.