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State Route 520 to Close Overnight Tonight, Full Closure Next Weekend

State Route 520 was to be closed tonight, Sept. 13 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. A full closure is scheduled for next weekend, Sept. 21-24.

The State Route 520 Bridge will close overnight for construction related to the SR 520 Eastside project.

Crews will close both directions of SR 520 from Montlake Boulevard in Seattle to I-405 in Bellevue, from 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, to complete utility work across all highway lanes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation sent the following information about the closure:

During the closure, crews will remove overhead power and cable lines just west of the Bellevue Way overpass. The lines are being relocated to create space for cranes and other tall equipment that will be used to build the future westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Bellevue Way.

“We’re moving these lines to prevent workers and equipment from running into them during construction activities and to make sure power and cable service is uninterrupted while we widen SR520,” said Brian Dobbins, construction manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project. “We need to close the road to move the necessary removal equipment into place and get those lines out of the way.”

SR 520 floating bridge maintenance crews will also take advantage of the closure to conduct inspection and repair work.

Two sections of SR 520 will remain open to traffic during the overnight closure: I-5 to Montlake Boulevard and areas east of I-405.

The work is part of the SR 520 Eastside project. Closing all lanes overnight allows crews to safely complete the time-sensitive work without interfering with daytime traffic.

Another closure is coming up next weekend, from 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, WSDOT reported.

dorimonsonfan September 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
So I read somewhere that the new 520 bridge will have a bike trail like I90 has now. Does anyone know if the current bike trail along 520 in redmond will be extended through bellevue and connect to the 520 bridge? A redmond to seattle ride along 520 over the lake would be pretty awesome.
Caitlin Moran September 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Hi dorimonsonfan, I asked my transportation-engineer boyfriend (they're nice to have around for questions like this) and he said the plan is for some sort of connection between the bridge and the 520 trail in Redmond, although that connection likely will not be a separated path. In other words, there will be signage, lane markings, etc., to direct cyclists through Bellevue streets, but no new trail. That's definitely an unofficial answer, though—anyone else out there have more insight?

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