Thursday, January 31, 2013
Floating bridge closed this weekend
The regular drill during construction of the new SR 520 Eastside corridor and floating bridge includes periodic closings of the highway on weekends, a routine that will continue indefinitely. We have another shutdown occurring this weekend, with traffic suspended on 520 from 11 pm on Friday until 5 am on Sunday. Previously, the reopening time on Sunday was listed in some news sources as noon, but the timetable was later revised.
Work this weekend includes a shift of fiber optic lines for the highway's cameras and traffic information systems (presumably including the Good to Go regulators). Also, there will be some work done on signage on the Eastside.
And while we're on the subject of 520, take note that there will be an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on February 6 at St. Demetrios Church (2100 Boyer Avenue E.) to unveil the design for the west approach to the new floating bridge and provide information about the next phase of construction that will begin in the summer of 2014 (details here).
[Upper photo shows the bridge during a November 2012 closure. Lower photo is an aerial view of construction on the Eastside at the end of the year. Both photos courtesy of WSDOT.]