Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Connecting communities - New SR 518 off-ramp opens in Burien

By Nicole Daniels

UPDATE
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 new ramp will channel traffic away from those local streets and provide a more direct route for vehicles and trucks moving goods between the city of Burien’s Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), the Port of Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.

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.

2 comments:

glab said...

Thank you for the new off-ramp on eastbound SR 518.

After the off-ramp, the eastbound SR 518 travel lanes cross over a bridge. That first bridge has a a very large dip and is bordering on dangerous. They have added additional asphalt at the transition, but it still needs more asphalt.

Please smooth the roadway out at that bridge. Traffic is just starting to accelerate from Burien and it is jarring.

Thanks.

WSDOT said...

That area will be resurfaced as part of a SR 518/509 paving project happening this spring/summer - https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr518/sr-509-sr-99/home.

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