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 are invited to tour the one-story building and its old walk-in cash vault – a remnant of days when drivers paid cash tolls. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is demolishing the toll building to make way for construction on the corridor. Demolition is scheduled to begin at noon followed by a briefing about upcoming major highway closures.
Earlier this month, construction began on the $306 million SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project. The work will require complete closures of the SR 520 floating bridge and highway during as many as 20 weekends through December 2013.
Complete closures in June: Drivers will need to plan ahead to find another way across or around Lake Washington June 3-6 and June 17-20. The SR 520 floating bridge and highway will completely close both weekends from Montlake Boulevard to I-405. Additional complete closures during weekends are likely each month through November.
Media availability and demolition
When: Monday, April 25
· 11 a.m.: Tour of building and old vault
· Noon: Demolition begins
· 12:30 p.m.: Media briefing with WSDOT staff
Where: SR 520 at Evergreen Point Road. The former tolling administration and WSDOT storage building is east of the Medina Park and Ride lot. Parking is limited.
Who: Brian Dobbins, SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project Construction Manager
Craig Stone, WSDOT Toll Division Director
Visuals: Walk-in vault formerly used for toll collections in the 1960s and 1970s. Demolition of structure.
Equipment: Boots or sturdy shoes are required.
More information about the SR 520 program is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.