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The 520 Bridge is Closed All Weekend: Here Are Some Tools To Get Around

The Washington State Patrol has provided some tools to help drivers get around the region today, as the State Route 520 bridge is closed for inspection and for construction. How will you get around?

The State Route 520 Bridge is closed all weekend and slated to reopen Monday morning.

According to the Washington Department of Transportation, crews plan to close all ramps in the work zone and lanes on SR 520 from 11 p.m. Friday, July 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 11, between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and I-405 in Bellevue.

Traffic tools

The Washington State Patrol has online tools to help motorists get around this weekend.

Bus riders

For bus riders, Sound Transit will reroute Bus 545 and Metro Transit will reroute Routes 255, 271, 280 and add the Medina shuttle for the weekend, which serves stops between Yarrow Point and the Bellevue Transit Center in downtown. Click here to see the 545 reroute on Sound Transit's website. Click here to see the reroutes on Metro Transit buses, and to download information on the Medina shuttle.

What's going on?

Washington State Department of Transportation crews plan a full weekend of work, including building a fish-passage culvert under the highway near Hunts Point and conducting annual maintenance, inspection and repairs on the floating bridge and drawspan, the Washington Department of Transportation reported.

The construction is part of a three-year project to widen the highway for better safety and travel reliability, according to WSDOT.

The construction is the reason behind the upcoming tolls for the State Route 520 bridge. The tolls, which will be collected electronically, were slated to begin in April, but the start date has been pushed back to August or later.

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