WSDOT: SR 520 Closure this weekend

The following message is from the Washington State Department of Transportation: WSDOT

On September 16 to 19, Eastside Corridor Constructors (ECC) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close the SR 520 floating bridge and highway to demolish half of the Bellevue Way bridge over SR 520 and complete other time-sensitive construction activities. Here are the details of the closure:

· When: September 16 to 19

· Time:The floating bridge, highway and all ramps will close at 11 p.m. on Friday. All ramps, the floating bridge and highway will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday morning.

· Where:Both directions of SR 520 and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard and I-405. SR 520 will remain open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5.

With approximately 160,000 vehicles traveling this route on a typical weekend, we need drivers to take alternate routes, avoid the area unless you have to go to the Eastside or Seattle and plan for added travel time and delays. We also suggest using carpools and transit.

Please help spread the word about this closure and post to your websites, social media sites and blogs. We are planning more weekend closures of SR 520 this year, with the next one coming in October. When we have set a date, we’ll let you know and post it on our website.

ECC and the WSDOT thank you for your patience and help reducing backups during our previous weekend closures of the SR 520 floating bridge and highway, and we need your help again this month. The work is part of the $306 million SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project that will improve safety, access and reliability in the corridor when complete in 2013.