Thursday, July 23, 2015

SR 520 West Approach Meeting Tonight

SDOT sent this invite for tonight's meeting on SR 520 update specifically on the west approach.
The information says:
You’re invited to a WABN construction update meeting

Construction of the West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN) is in full swing in the Montlake area and on Lake Washington. We are holding an informal drop-in meeting next week for neighbors and the traveling public to ask questions and learn what’s in store for construction this summer.
Meeting details:
When:   5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23      

Where: Graham Visitors Center – Wisteria Hall
              2300 Arboretum Drive East
              Seattle, WA 98112

Join project staff to learn about key construction milestones ahead in the Montlake area, including:

  • Opening a new, interim westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard as soon as this month, along with a new, permanent traffic signal at the end of the ramp for northbound traffic.
  • Closing the 24th Avenue East overpass for several months to bicyclists and pedestrians so crews can construct a new westbound SR 520 off-ramp to East Lake Washington Boulevard.
  • Closing additional sections of sidewalks and lanes on Montlake Boulevard, and SR 520 ramps and lanes.
We have a lot more work to complete this summer as we make improvements for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. Down the road, neighbors and commuters can expect a new traffic signal, additional sidewalk detours, street and highway closures, and some night work. We want to make sure you know what work is happening, why it’s happening and the benefits once the work is complete.

And here is an update sent last week:
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Gov. Inslee signs transportation package;

funding included for SR 520’s ‘Rest of the West’

Gov. Jay Inslee signing the transportation bill

With the new SR 520 floating bridge in the background,
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed into law a 16-year,
$16 billion transportation package that
will fund needed infrastructure projects across our state.
Included are funds to
rebuild the final, western stretch of SR 520, from
Lake Washington to I-5.

With full corridor funds in place, during the next two years we
will continue planning and design, advance needed right-of-way
acquisitions and early utility relocation work where possible,
and start preparing the next construction contract or contracts, before
launching major construction in the 2017-19 biennium.
The "Rest of the West" project area

Key project elements include:
  • A seismically stronger Portage Bay Bridge to replace the
  • existing bridge,
  •  which is vulnerable to earthquakes.
  • Community-connecting highway lids at Montlake
  • Boulevard and 10th Avenue
  • East / Delmar Drive East.
  • A new, seismically stronger West Approach Bridge
  • South to carry three lanes
  •  of eastbound traffic past Montlake Boulevard to
  • the new floating bridge.
  • A new, second bascule bridge across the Montlake
  • Cut to provide additional
  • capacity and safer north-south travel.
  • The extension of the SR 520’s new, regional cross-lake
  •  bicycle and pedestrian
  •  path from Montlake to I-5, and a landscaped, 30-foot-wide
  • bicycle and pedestrian
  •  shared-use path over I-5.
  • Related mitigation and trail-improvement projects in
  • Seattle parks, natural
  • areas and communities.

Find more information about the “Rest of the West”
and the future of the SR 520 project here, and more
on the new transportation package on Gov. Inslee’s website.

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