Just a little more striping, and the new State Route 529 Ebey Slough Bridge will be complete. From 8 p.m. Monday, July 1 to 5 a.m. the following morning, southbound across the new bridge will be closed to put permanent striping down. From 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 to 10 a.m. the following day, the northbound direction will be closed for the same reason. With dry weather in the forecast, there shouldn’t be any problem getting this work done and that will mark the end of the project that replaced a narrow two-lane bridge with a four-lane bridge with sidewalks and a bike lane!
Plan now for big summer construction work
Summer construction season is now fully upon us and work is getting underway on many projects. There are more than a dozen projects planned for this summer, most of them preservation and maintenance on critical commuter and freight corridors such as I-5, I-405, SR 18, SR 99, SR 167 and SR 520. So if you expect to be south of Snohomish County this summer, be sure to plan ahead!
A significant closure to be ready for is the weekend of July 13-14, when all lanes of northbound I-405 from S.E. 8th and SR 520 will close as crews continue working to replace more than 900 concrete panels on the highway. At the same time, SR 520 will be closed from I-405 to Montlake Boulevard for bridge inspection. More information about the closures, including detour information and tools to help drivers navigate around the closures are available here.
SR 520 toll rates increasing July 1
One last reminder that if your trip to Seattle/Bellevue includes the SR 520 bridge, toll rates will increase an average of 2.5 percent starting July 1. The new peak Good To Go! rates will be $3.70 and the peak Pay By Mail rates will be $5.25. Why are rates increasing? This blog should answer most of your questions. The SR 520 tolls will generate more than $1 billion in funding for a new, safer bridge. This will be the second of four annual, 2.5 percent rate increases planned through 2015.
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