Thursday, July 13, 2017

New day, new way on SR 520

by Ashley Selvey

This is it! Everything is in place for Monday, July 17, when we’ll open our newly aligned, SR 520 westbound off-ramps to Montlake and Lake Washington Boulevards!

For more than 50 years, westbound SR 520 drivers have driven across Lake Washington and exited into Montlake near the Lake Washington shoreline. Monday morning, July 17, will be a new day and a new way for drivers heading west. When the new off-ramps open, not only will it be the first time drivers will travel on the new bridge structure, but they will also enter a new exit lane which starts near the west end of the floating bridge - a mile earlier than they have for the past five decades.

This video illustrates how much earlier drivers need to exit to get to the Montlake neighborhood.

Here’s the bottom line: We don’t want you to miss your exit. Westbound drivers planning to exit should stay in the right lane while on the floating bridge to access the off-ramps. If you miss your exit, you’ll need to exit at Roanoke or I-5.

Here’s a map to guide you through the area:  
New westbound SR 520 exit lane and off-ramps

View announcement for the opening of the new westbound SR 520 exit lane and off-ramps. (pdf 1.3 mb)

What’s next
We’ll open all construction areas to traffic by the end of the year.

Here’s the order (pdf 1 mb).
  • Phase 1: New exit lane and off-ramps to Montlake and Lake Washington boulevards open (Monday, July 17). 
  • Phase 2: Open westbound general-purpose and HOV lanes from the floating bridge to Montlake (August, 2017).
You’ll need to get your bike and running shoes ready for the final phase.
  • Phase 3: Bike and pedestrian trail complete from the floating bridge to Montlake (November 2017)  
We’d love to interact with you more. The first @WSDOT_520 follower on Twitter that mentions this blog will win a free SR 520 Grand Opening hat. Good luck!


Mark Aberle said...

When will the pedestrian / bike path be open from Bellevue to Montlake?

Andy Squirrel said...

Any particular reason for the delay in the bike trail opening date? For a long time the published target date was summer 2017. I was really looking forward to starting some summer bike camping trips using the new connection.

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