The State Route 520 bridge will be closed again for construction this weekend, but because of Sunday's Seattle Sounders game crews will open the road to traffic by midday Sunday.
Crews will close both directions of SR 520 and all connected ramps between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue from 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, to noon Sunday, Oct. 21.
We want to be sure our crews open the road before match day traffic picks up, said Brian Dobbins, construction manager. Drivers should plan ahead and be prepared for delays while the highway is closed.
During the closure, crews will install 34 concrete girders at the new 84th Avenue Northeast lidded overpass. Each girder is up to 75 feet long and weighs as much as 85,000 pounds. These are the last girders to install on the 84th Avenue Northeast lid before crews can complete the lid deck. Crews still need to place the final girders at the new 92nd Avenue Northeast and Bellevue Way overpasses.
Crews will also shift eastbound traffic to the north at Evergreen Point Road as they make room to build a new median transit stop. On Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, drivers should use extra caution adjusting to the new lane alignment.
Crews working on the Eastside Transit and HOV Project are widening SR 520 to six lanes between Medina and Bellevue, rebuilding interchanges, constructing highway lids and transit stops in the center of the highway, and installing fish-friendly culverts. The completed Medina to Bellevue corridor is scheduled to open to traffic in December 2013.
More information about the SR 520 Eastside project is online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/MedinaTo202.