Thursday, September 20, 2012

Another bridge closing this weekend...

...not to mention the main drag through the Arboretum (though obviously we are doing so)

There will be another in the long series of SR 520 road closings this weekend, beginning Friday night at 11 pm and extending through Monday morning at 5 am.  As always, the Montlake off-ramp from SR 520 eastbound will be open, but cars will be unable to travel east past that point.  Here's what WSDOT has to say about this weekend's work:

During the closure, crews will install a fish-friendly culvert beneath all lanes of SR 520 near 108th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue, among other work. To install the culvert, crews will cut a 30-foot-deep trench across the highway, lower in 22 concrete segments weighing as much as 53,000 pounds each, fill the trench and repave the road. 

Also this weekend, Lake Washington Boulevard through the Arboretum will be closed for what is supposed to be the last time in this cycle. The road will be shut down from E. Madison Street to the E. Foster Island Road on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, from 6 am until no later than 5 pm each day. It will still be possible to enter the Arboretum via E. Foster Island Road. This is what SDOT has to say about the road closure:

The boulevard work includes new street lighting, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, traffic calming measures, landscaping and drainage maintenance. After this weekend, the bulk of the work will be completed, in time for visitors to enjoy the colorful splendor of autumn foliage in the Arboretum and the adjacent Seattle Japanese Garden. The remaining work on the boulevard will require occasional single-lane closures and will be undertaken in October.

By the way, here is an interesting picture we culled from WSDOT's Flickr feed showing the recent installation of a shaft anchor off of Edgewater Apartments:

[Pictures courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation.]

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