520 Bridge Reopens Following Weekend Closure
The 520 bridge across Lake Washington is once again open to traffic after a weekend closure that ended early Monday morning. The full length of the bridge, including on-ramps and off-ramps, was closed in both directions between Montlake and the Eastside as WSDOT completed construction. The pedestrian and bike path also remained closed throughout the weekend.
According to Q13 FOX, the WSDOT Floating Bridge and Landings team completed all of the following during the closure:
- Removed temporary tolling structures (used during new bridge construction) in Medina.
- Paved regions near Evergreen Point lid.
Next steps in the 520 bridge project include:
- Further progress on the West Approach Bridge North.
- Removing decommissioned ramps from the eastbound side.
- Continue work from January bridge closure.
- Repair asphalt and lane striping.
- Inspect sewer and water lines adjacent to Montlake interchange.
According to the WSDOT 520 timeline, the old bridge removal is expected to be completed by the end of this spring. The old bridge had previously been used for more than 50 years. The new bridge was built to better resist windstorms and earthquakes, to improve accessibility, and to safely accommodate more vehicles (and pedestrians). The new-and-improved bridge will also be able to accommodate a potential light rail extension in the future.
Featured photo via WSDOT SR 520 on Twitter