SR 520 closure could cause delays for motorists

January 13, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 10:55 a.m. Jan. 13, 2012

Eastside Corridor Constructors and the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the state Route 520 floating bridge and highway to set concrete girders over SR 520 at Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue Northeast and complete other time-sensitive construction activities. The closures will take place Jan. 13-16.

The floating bridge, highway and all ramps will close at 11 p.m. Jan. 13. All ramps, the floating bridge and highway will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Both directions of SR 520 and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard and I-405, except for the eastbound entrance from 108th Avenue N.E. SR 520 will remain open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5.

Mainline pavement improvement work will also take place, including milling and replacing approximately 1,500 feet asphalt pavement between Evergreen Point Road and just east of the 84th Avenue bridge. Residents may hear the sounds of the pavement-milling machine, trucks, backup alarms, paving machinery and light generators. The work is weather dependent and may be canceled in case of rain.

With about 160,000 vehicles traveling the route on a typical weekend, drivers should seek alternate routes, avoid the area unless travel to the Eastside or Seattle is necessary and plan for added travel time and delays. WSDOT encourages the use of carpools and public transit.

SR 520 will also close the weekends of Feb. 10-13 and Feb.24-27.

The work is part of the $306 million SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project that aims to improve safety, access and reliability in the corridor when complete in 2013. Go to WSDOT’s flickr site to see photos of the work crews accomplished during previous weekend closures.

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