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520 Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

520 Bridge weekend construction closure ended ahead of its scheduled noon opening.

The State Route 520 Bridge is now open, after the weekend construction closure ended early on Oct. 21, ahead of the scheduled noon opening. 

The next full weekend closure of SR 520 will occur Nov. 16-19 when crews install more girders for the new, wider Bellevue Way overpass, according to the state.

The Washington State Department of Transportation released the following information: 

State Route 520 reopened Sunday morning, more than four hours ahead of schedule after crews installed the last heavy concrete girders needed for the new 84th Avenue Northeast lidded overpass.

Construction crews worked for 32 hours to set 34 girders – each weighing up to 85,000 pounds – and complete other time-sensitive work. Quick work enabled the Washington State Department of Transportation to reopen SR 520 in plenty of time before drivers began making their way to Seattle for the Sounders match Sunday evening.

Other changes along SR 520 will greet drivers in time for the weekly commute. All eastbound lanes were shifted to the north at Evergreen Point Road, a move that enables crews to begin work on a new transit stop located in the highway median.

The next full weekend closure of SR 520 will occur Nov. 16-19 when crews install more girders for the new, wider Bellevue Way overpass.

The completed Medina to Bellevue corridor is scheduled to open to traffic in December 2013. More information about the SR 520 Eastside project is online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/MedinaTo202

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