The new eastbound SR 518 off-ramp to Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien officially opened to traffic at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10.
New opportunities are about to become available for Burien travelers. On Friday, Jan. 11, a brand new two-lane off-ramp from eastbound State Route 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive is scheduled to open.
Quick history lesson for anyone unfamiliar with the area: For years, travelers could only access Des Moines Memorial Drive through city streets and a westbound SR 518 off-ramp. Drivers headed eastbound on SR 518 had to exit the highway and use local streets to access Des Moines Memorial Drive. Streets that weren’t designed for the heavy vehicle and truck traffic.
This is one of the first Connecting Washington projects to be completed in western Washington. Connecting Washington is a 16-year, $16 billion program designed to enhance and maintain the state’s transportation system. Projects are scheduled through 2031.