Construction starting on “West Approach” to SR 520 Bridge will impact access to Arboretum

September 11th, 2014 by UWBG Communication Staff

Heads up for drivers and neighbors: full highway closure this weekend, with overnight work

SR 520 will be closed this weekend between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue Northeast to allow for critical construction activities. The highway will close at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Crews will take advantage of the closure to continue demolishing the section of the “Ramps to Nowhere” that passes over SR 520 near the Washington Park Arboretum. Crews will also continue building the temporary work bridge that will serve as a platform for constructing the new West Approach Bridge North (WABN). The direct-access ramps for carpools and buses to and from 108th Avenue Northeast will be closed at the same time. Crews working on the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project will install drainage systems along the ramps

November 7, 2014 Update from WSDOT

Lane closures on Montlake Bridge this Sunday morning

WSDOT is reducing the Montlake Bridge to one lane in each direction this Sunday morning, Nov. 9. During the lane closures, crews will perform routine repair work to the bridge deck. Drivers should expect delays in the area between 6:30 and 11:30 a.m.

In the Seattle area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.
Reminder: Full closure of SR 520 coming Nov. 14 to 17

SR 520 will be closed in both directions next weekend, Nov. 14 to 17, between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue Northeast. The closure will begin at 11 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday.

During the closure, crews will continue demolishing the section of the “Ramps to Nowhere” that passes above SR 520 near Washington Park Arboretum. Crews will also continue building the temporary work bridge that will stage the construction of the new West Approach Bridge North.
We’re bridging the gap on Lake Washington

As busy as our construction schedule is, we like to appreciate the informal milestones we reach along the way. We had such a moment at the end of October during assembly of the new floating bridge on Lake Washington.

The “floating” in the new floating bridge is supplied by 77 concrete pontoons. The backbone of the bridge consists of 21 “longitudinal” pontoons, each 360 feet long and 11,000 tons, plus one “cross” pontoon at either end. They’re aligned end-to-end and anchored to the lakebed. As of this month, more than half of these massive pontoons (12 of 23) are now in their permanent positions. So by this measure, we’re halfway across the lake!

If you want to get technical, one pontoon is anchored on the west side and the other 11 are connected together on the east side. And the new 520 bridge is longer than the section supported by pontoons. But we’re proud of how far we’ve come on building the world’s longest floating bridge, and we’re excited to share this progress with you.

 

YDrequfkThe Washington State Department of Transportation has announced the start of the next phase of the SR 520 Bridge replacement project. The West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN) will begin this month with the installation of construction fencing and preparation of staging areas. Construction will impact Lake Washington Bldv at the north end of the Arboretum and nearby residential areas. Construction update with map & project overview.

 

How to keep informed about the project:

Email
Sign up for WABN construction email updates:
public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOT/subscriber/new
Email project staff: SR520Bridge@wsdot.wa.gov
Online
Visit the SR 520 Orange Page website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/520orangepage/
Visit the WABN project website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/WABN/
Follow us on Twitter: @WSDOT_520
Phone
Call the SR 520 24-hour construction hotline: 206-708-4657

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Foster Island landscaping prep work begins 12-18-2013

December 17th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

Foster Island Landscaping – Dec. 2013 preliminary fieldwork

What is the work and why is it being done?

  • Crews will conduct archeological evaluations on Foster Island in the Washington Park Arboretum to prepare for landscaping improvements that will be implemented as a part of the SR 520, I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project.
  • Landscaping improvements will include planting native plants in the area.
  • WSDOT is assisting with landscape improvements in coordination with the Arboretum as part of a mitigation plan for effects to Foster Island developed in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • This work is necessary so crews can better understand sediment profiles that will help inform additional archeological investigations in spring 2014 for the proposed landscaping improvements.

How will the work be done and what will I see?

  • Work is planned for Dec. 18, 2013. In the event of poor weather conditions, work could be delayed up until Jan. 31, 2013.
  • Crews of approximately three people will be on site using small diameter hand augers to examine soil samples. A maximum of ten auger test bores will be placed.
  • This fieldwork will be completed within one day.
  • No trail closures or other public space closures will be required to perform this work.
  • Crews will re-fill the sample areas and replace sod at the auger locations.

What are the next steps?

  • The next phase of archaeological work required for the proposed landscaping treatments is planned for spring 2014. Crews will fence off work areas during this time.

Who can I contact for more information?

  • SR 520 contact information:
    • 24-hour construction hotline: 206-708-4657
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WSDOT installing monitoring equipment in Union Bay Natural Area

April 8th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

WSDOT_UBNA_monitoringBeginning as soon as the week of April 15, WSDOT will perform geotechnical investigations in the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA). Crews will be taking soil samples and installing monitoring well equipment in and around the parking area to study soil and groundwater conditions. The information gathered helps us better understand the composition and characteristics of the ground in this area to prepare for future wetland mitigation work.

What can you expect?

  • Monitoring well installation will begin as soon as April 15, 2013, and last up to one week. The wells will be in place through summer 2014.
  • Work will occur on weekdays between 7 a.m.and 6 p.m.
  • The primary impact will be temporarily reduced parking (up to four spaces per well) during drilling and monitoring well installation.

More information: April 2013 SR520_UBNA_Fieldwork_Flyer

Call WA DOT at:
SR 520 Fieldwork Hotline: 206-708-4657
Web:
www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR520Bridge/currentwork
Join the e-mail update list by sending a message to:
SR520Bridge@wsdot.wa.gov

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520 Bridge Mitigation Projects in the Arboretum

February 7th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
Photo Credit:  Ethan Welty

Photo Credit: Ethan Welty

Say goodbye to the “ramps to nowhere.” As part of the new 520 bridge construction project, the ramps will be coming down. As announced in a recent press conference, WSDOT will pay Seattle Parks and Recreation  $7.8 million for mitigation projects in the Arboretum.  These projects include the design and construction of a 1-mile multi-use trail, as well as improvements to Azalea Way Pond, parts of Arboretum Creek, and Foster Island. Learn more about this groundbreaking agreement at the Arboretum Foundation  cite and read the full press release here (PDF).

In the Media:

Arboretum Says Goodbye Highway Ramps, Hello Bike Trail
Arboretum Gets $7.7 Million for New Trail, Improvements
520 “Ramps to Nowhere” To Be Demolished
Arboretum Trades Empty Ramps for New Trails
520 Ramps to Come Down

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WSDOT Starts SR520 Related Field Study at Arboretum

August 3rd, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

The Washington State Department of Transportation will start geotechnical and cultural field studies at the Washington Park Arboretum near the location of the future 520 bridge on August 6, 2012.

Complete information can be found at the WSDOT 520 Project webpage.

Cultural Resources Fields Study Factsheet

Geotechnical Drilling Field Study Factsheet

 

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Imagine No More 520 Ramps in the Arboretum!

May 31st, 2011 by UWBG Communication Staff

Arboretum Drive by E. WeltyWASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
NORTH ENTRY AND MULTI-USE TRAIL PROJECTS

Join in the public meeting for the North Entry and Multi-use Trail projects for the Washington Park Arboretum on Wed. June 8, 2011 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Graham Visitor Center in the Arboretum.

This is a great opportunity to be involved with the future of the Washington Park Arboretum.  This project provides scoping and conceptual design for a redeveloped North Entry and the development of a Multi-use Trail from the intersection of East Madison to the Montlake and University neighborhoods.

Come help shape the new look of the park.

Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Graham Visitor Center,
Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E

Seattle, Washington 98122

Project information website or for more information please contact :
Seattle Parks Project Manager, Andy Sheffer at 206-684-7041, Andy.sheffer@seattle.gov

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Washington Park Arboretum Mitigation Plan Released by WSDOT

December 23rd, 2010 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

SR 520 signIn the 2010 legislative session, a bill was introduced that required the Washington State Department of Transportation, in its efforts to push forward the 520 bridge renovation and replacement, to focus on minimizing and addressing potential impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum.  A group representing the Arboretum Botanical Garden Committee, which advises the University of Washington, City of Seattle and The Arboretum Foundation on the management and stewardship of the Washington Park Arboretum, worked with WSDOT on addressing issues outlined in ESSB 6392.  Based upon this discussion, WSDOT issued a report to the Governor.  This was a very important document as it acknowledges both historical and future impacts.  Representing the University of Washington were Theresa Doherty and Fred Hoyt, the City: Barbara Wright, Parks and Recreation: Donald Harris and Michael Shiosaki and the Arboretum Foundation: Paige Miller (with Nancy Belcher providing technical assistance).

Washington Park Mitigation Plan, December 22, 2010

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Public Comment Period to Open on WSDOT’s SR 520

October 26th, 2010 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

WSDOT’s SR 520, I-5 to Medina Project: Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation comment period will be ending on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The preferred alternative selected for the SR 520, I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project will convert properties protected by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have prepared a Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation in accordance with the LWCF Act Section 6(f)(3).  This document evaluates the effects of converting recreational properties (e.g., parks) protected by Section 6(f) to non-recreational use and replacing them with property of at least equal fair market value and of reasonably equivalent usefulness and location. The Section 6(f) protected properties proposed for conversion are portions of the Ship Canal Waterside and Arboretum Waterfront Trail complex, and portions of two associated parks, East Montlake Park and the Washington Park Arboretum. The Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning in early November 2010.

Please check back in early November for a link to the document and comment form. For more information on the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, please visit the project website at

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR520Bridge/

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SR 520 Bridge Replacement in the News

August 1st, 2010 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

News and media reports on the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement

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WSDOT conducts cultural resources study on Foster Island

July 28th, 2010 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

WSDOT Foster Island Study Area map

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is conducting a cultural resources study on Foster Island as part of the I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project. This important safety and mobility project will build a safer floating bridge and give new options to people crossing Lake Washington.

Foster Island Study Fact Sheet

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