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 By Jeff Switzer, Wsdot Sr 520 Communications    News    August 4, 2011

SR 520 project receives federal approval

SEATTLE – After 14 years of design and analysis, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) received federal approval for its plans to improve State Route 520 – including replacing the aging and vulnerable floating bridge...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Wsdot Sr 520 Communications    News    July 5, 2011

Plan ahead for construction, congestion this weekend in the Puget Sound area

SEATTLE – Expect region-wide congestion this weekend, July 8 through 11, as workers close State Route 520 between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Crews plan to install a fish-passable culvert beneath all lanes of t...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Wsdot Sr 520 Communications    News    June 9, 2011

Final EIS: SR 520 project builds stronger, safer floating bridge, improves cross-lake travel

SEATTLE – Building a safer and more reliable six-lane State Route 520 floating bridge and highway will improve travel times and give people better options for crossing Lake Washington, according to analysis released today by the Washington...

 
 By Jeff Switzer    News    April 22, 2011

Demolition: SR 520 project to take down old toll building

MEDINA – Crews are scheduled to demolish an old toll administrative building on State Route 520 on Monday, April 25, launching major construction on Eastside highway, interchange and transit-access improvements. Just prior to demolition, media...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Wsdot Sr 520 Communications    News    March 17, 2011

Open house to kick off SR 520 Eastside construction

BELLEVUE – Construction starts next month on major State Route 520 highway improvements on the Eastside, and an open house is planned March 23 so commuters and neighbors can learn what to expect during the work. The $306 million SR 520...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Sr 520 Communications    News    February 14, 2011

SR 520 pontoon project breaks ground in Aberdeen

Update: We’ve posted a video on YouTube with highlights of the groundbreaking celebration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOqdzAQkHbI ABERDEEN – A crowd of more than 200 cheered in Grays Harbor today as Gov. Chris Gregoire and other...

 
 By Contacts: Jeff Switzer, Sr 520 Communications    News    January 11, 2011

SR 520 pontoon construction coming to Aberdeen

SEATTLE – Construction starts as soon as mid-February on a facility in Aberdeen to produce massive concrete pontoons for the State Route 520 floating bridge – a project expected to employ hundreds of workers in the Grays Harbor area....

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Wsdot Communications    News    December 22, 2010

SR 520 workgroup sends final reports to governor, legislators

SEATTLE – Final reports sent today to the governor and state legislators outline mitigation improvements in the Washington Park Arboretum and recommendations for future high capacity transit planning and financing for State Route 520. The...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Sr 520 Communications, Mobile    News    December 10, 2010

Environmental report complete on SR 520 floating bridge pontoon project

SEATTLE – The final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Pontoon Construction Project was published today and evaluates the effects of building a casting basin and 33 concrete pontoons in Grays Harbor for a replacement SR 520 floating...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Sr 520 Communications    News    December 6, 2010

WSDOT requests proposals for SR 520 floating bridge

SEATTLE – The clock starts today for three prequalified teams who want to design and build the new SR 520 floating bridge, estimated to cost $600 million to $750 million. The new bridge will replace the existing vulnerable floating bridge with...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Wsdot Communications    News    November 30, 2010

SR 520 workgroup to discuss transit planning and arboretum mitigation plan

SEATTLE – A workgroup focused on State Route 520 meets Dec. 1 to discuss transit planning and financing, and a Washington Park Arboretum mitigation plan, as part of the state’s effort to rebuild the highway and improve travel times...

 
 By Jeff Switzer, Sr 520 Communication    News    November 5, 2010

Teams compete to build SR 520 floating bridge project

SEATTLE – Three teams have been selected to compete to design and build the new SR 520 floating bridge, estimated to cost $700 million to $900 million. The new bridge will replace the existing vulnerable floating bridge with a six-lane facility...