• Montlake project to bring weekend closures on 520

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

    Updated:

    SEATTLE - Heads-up for drivers in Seattle this weekend: The westbound lanes of State Route 520 will be closed. 

    Crews will close the westbound lanes between 92nd Avenue Northeast on the Eastside and Montlake Boulevard at 11 p.m. Friday. 

    Traffic is expected to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. 

    The SR 520 Trail will also close across Lake Washington between Seattle and the Evergreen Point lid in Medina.

    The closure comes as crews work to reduce westbound lanes between the floating bridge and Montlake Boulevard from three to two. 

    Eastbound lanes on SR 520 will be closed the weekend of Oct. 26-27. 

    “Once the process is complete, the highway will be reduced from three lanes to two in each direction between Montlake Boulevard and the floating bridge, creating the new work zone,” officials with the Washington Department of Transportation wrote in a news release. 

    In the new 1 1/2-mile work zone, the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph to keep workers safe. 

    Officials said construction in the new work zone is expected to last until early 2023.

    “We’re asking drivers to slow down and pay attention in this area,” said Dave Becher, SR 520 director of construction. “We know this is an inconvenience now, but when construction is complete, travelers will have three lanes in each direction all the way across Lake Washington and people will have use of a new lid over SR 520 in Seattle.”

    The work is part of the $455 million SR 520 Montlake Project.

    Officials said the project will: 

    Construct new eastbound lanes between Montlake Boulevard and the new floating bridge. 
    Build a new Montlake community-connecting lid and transit hub. 
    Rebuild the Montlake Boulevard interchange. 
    Construct a bike and pedestrian bridge over SR 520.

    Click here for more information from WSDOT.

    Click here for up-to-date information on construction activities or planned travel restrictions. 

    See our previous coverage on the Montlake Project below: 

    Jan. 31, 2019 - Montlake neighbors fight to protect historic market; WSDOT considers other options

    Feb. 20, 2018 - Montlake neighbors have one last chance to sound off on overnight construction noise

    Jan. 19, 2018 - Neighborhood groups sue over Montlake traffic plan for 520 construction


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