Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

The closures will extend from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, state Route 520 or state Route 522. Read more

Simultaneous closure of state Route 520 and northbound I-405 is this weekend

July 12, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. July 12, 2013

A packed weekend is planned on the Eastside for crews working on critical maintenance and preservation projects on state Route 520 and Interstate 405.

From 10 p.m. July 12 to 5 a.m. July 14, crews will close all northbound lanes of I-405 through downtown Bellevue for concrete panel replacement. Crews will also close the 520 floating bridge for its annual inspection, and culvert installation.

The state Department of Transportation is asking drivers to plan ahead and help reduce congestion by taking transit, carpooling, using alternate routes or delaying trips.

Drivers should plan for congestion, particularly on Interstate 90 near the detour routes, westbound state Route 520 approaching I-405, and northbound I-405 where all drivers must exit at Southeast Eighth Street.

Motorists to receive refunds after state Route 520 tolling glitch

January 31, 2012

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Jan. 31, 2012

The state Department of Transportation plans to refund motorists 25 cents for recent state Route 520 bridge tolls, as officials investigated a glitch responsible for motorists paying incorrect amounts to cross the span.

The refund applies if a motorist made the trip between Seattle and Medina from Jan. 17 to 25. Drivers should receive a refund, even if the state billed them correctly. The state charges a 25-cent transaction fee for motorists traveling the bridge infrequently and pay by license plate, rather than a tolling pass.

Toll system engineers corrected the problem Jan. 26. The issue did not affect drivers billed through a pay-by-mail system.

Engineers the equipment’s internal clock intermittently lost time and re-synched to the correct time.

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SR 520 closure could cause delays for motorists

January 13, 2012

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.

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State Route 520 bridge tolls could divert traffic

January 6, 2012

As the state Department of Transportation plans to start tolls on the state Route 520 bridge, motorists could experience additional traffic on Interstate 90 as commuters avoid the toll.

The state estimates tolls should cause thousands of motorists to use the Interstate 90 bridges or drive around Lake Washington instead.

Meanwhile, the state is encouraging motorists to set up a Good To Go! pass account.

Purchase a pass at www.wsdot.wa.gov/goodtogo or a $5 sticker pass at participating stores, including Safeway and QFC. Find a list of retail locations at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ goodtogo/retail.

The state extended call center hours and hired extra customer service staffers to prepare for the anticipated high volumes of customers registering and activating accounts. Customers can purchase the sticker passes at stores and activate them online.

“Tolling is helping Washington move forward with critical transportation investments and will finance ongoing and future work to replace the vulnerable SR 520 floating bridge and corridor,” state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said in a statement.

Two injured in State Route 520 crash

April 26, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

Two Newcastle residents were injured in a hit and run crash on State Route 520 just west of 84th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue just before 12:30 p.m. April 23.

Stephen Whistom, 53, and Nina Whistom, 56, were driving westbound on the highway in a 2007 Mercedes SL55 when a person driving a 1992 Acura Integra hit their car, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both cars slammed in the jersey barrier, and the driver of the Acura fled the scene on foot. Stephen and Nina Whistrom were both taken to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where they were treated and released.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash. The age and sex of the Acura driver is not known, and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.