Last reminder: Montlake Project online construction meeting at 12:30 p.m. today; new construction camera view

There is a horizontal green band that reads Rest of the West News. Above it is the letters W S D O T. An oval on the right reads state route 520.

In this update:

It’s not too late: Register for today’s online construction meeting

We’re holding our next Montlake Project monthly meeting virtually at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 26. Join us to learn about current and upcoming construction activities, including planned street and highway closures. Register below to attend and participate in a Q&A.

Missed our last monthly meeting? You can view the presentation online (PDF 7.2MB) or watch the meeting recording on YouTube.

Another week, another view!

We’re thrilled to share a new view of progress on the Montlake Project’s bicycle and pedestrian bridge on Construction Camera #1! The north-south bridge, connecting arboretum trails with routes in Montlake and the University District, is scheduled to open later this summer.

Our construction cameras take progress photos every 10 minutes. Take a look and follow along!

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Montlake’s “Ramps to Nowhere” all but a memory

Crews recently removed the last remnants of the infamous “Ramps to Nowhere” in the arboretum. Watch our YouTube video for a time-lapse of the removal process and hear comments from Seattle ARCH members during a recent celebration. Seattle ARCH is dedicated to remembering citizen activism against freeway construction in the 1960s and 70s.

The ramps were originally part of the R.H. Thomson Expressway Project, halted in the 1970s due to community opposition. A remaining “bent” in the arboretum, shown below, will remain as a historic marker to honor the community's successful efforts to stop the project. To learn more, check out this webpage.

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The final stretch: Summer closures ahead, but finish line in sight for Montlake Project

Summer is here, and major work is in full swing to complete the Montlake Project. While dates and details may change as we get closer, you can expect two major closures each month this summer. Check out this blog post to help plan your summer adventures. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we reach the final stretch.

Construction Corner roundup

  • June 24-27: Mercer Street on-ramps to northbound and southbound I-5 closed nightly
  • June 24 – July 3: East Roanoke Street between East Louisa Street and Montlake Boulevard closed around-the-clock
  • Ongoing: Montlake Boulevard on-ramp to eastbound SR 520 closed weeknights
  • Ongoing: Portage Bay on-land drilling for soil sampling
  • Ongoing: Westbound SR 520 off-ramp to southbound I-5 reduced to one lane

Check out the SR 520 Construction Corner map for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts

How to reach us and stay informed about SR 520 construction:

  • Call or text our project-specific construction hotlines with pressing questions or concerns related to the:
    • Montlake Project: 206-775-8885
    • SR 520/I-5 Connection Project: 206-316-2559 
  • Call the SR 520 Program information line (206-200-9484, M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) with general SR 520 inquiries.
  • Email SR 520 staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.
  • Visit the SR 520 Construction Corner for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.
  • Visit the SR 520 Program website to find general information about the project.
  • Email Regina Glenn, WSDOT Megaprograms Diversity and Inclusion Manager, for more information about contracting opportunities.
  • Follow us on Twitter @wsdot_520 to get key news and updates about the SR 520 program.
  • View current Montlake Project construction photos, taken continuously day and night, by mounted construction cameras
  • Share the ROTW listserv with your friends and neighbors

If you have difficulty understanding English, you may request language assistance services free of charge by calling (360) 705-7090 or emailing TitleVI@WSDOT.WA.GOV.

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