Friday, October 14, 2011

SR 520 closes again this weekend

Well, they couldn't close the floating bridge often enough or long enough, it seems, to get all of the necessary and immediate Eastside demolition and reconstruction done during the summer months (there have been four separate weekend closures so far), so these closures have now extended into the fall.  At least tomorrow's closure will not occur until after the Husky game's return-home traffic has disbursed.

At it stands now, 520 will be shut at 8 pm on Saturday, from Montlake Boulevard to I-405 in Bellevue. Lanes will reopen by 5 am on Monday. 520 will remain open between I-5 and the Montlake Boulevard off ramp.  According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), work this weekend includes installing 24 huge concrete girders for a new overpass at Evergreen Point Road in Medina and creating a median work zone for future improvements east of 84th Avenue Northeast.

This is hardly the last of the planned weekend closures.  WSDOT noted in its press release yesterday that the "closures are limited to to no more than 20 weekends during the next three years." Information on all of this is available here.

[Photo by Tom Case, Great Beyond, on Flickr.]

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