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SR-520 Arboretum ramps finally coming down

Western exit from 520 to be replaced January 6It's been well over five years since Madison Park first learned that the Arboretum ramps to and from the 520 floating bridge would ultimately be just a memory (see our May 2010 posting on that subject her...
by Madison Park Blogger on Dec 30, 2015

While we were away...

It's been a long time since we last did a blog posting, as regular readers of Madison Park Blogger are no doubt well aware.  We've been in the Great Southwest enjoying some excellent vibes, as well as a lot of hot, dry, and sunny weather.  ...
by Madison Park Blogger on Oct 20, 2014

The new 520 pounds its way across the Lake

Madison Parkers give bridge the stink eyeThere’s literally been a lot of water under the bridge since we last wrote about the floating-bridge project.  Some of that water, unfortunately, was in the new pontoons. That design-related problem has...
by Madison Park Blogger on Apr 10, 2014

The latest on those Arboretum ramps

Outta here by 2016There may be three or four people out there who are still unaware that as a result of the construction of the new SR-520 floating bridge, the existing bridge's on- and off-ramps in the Arboretum will be demolished, along with the in...
by Madison Park Blogger on Apr 10, 2014

520 Eastbound closed tonight

It's hard to believe that we could have missed another closure of the 520 floating bridge, but we did. Last night the westbound lanes were closed during the night and here's your notice, in case you missed other press coverage, that the eastbound lan...
by Madison Park Blogger on Aug 23, 2013

Remember, bridge closed again this weekend

SR-520 and parts of I-405 will be off limitsThere's been a lot of media hype about upcoming shut down ("It's the big one!").  Not only will the floating bridge be closed from 10 pm on Friday until 5 am on Monday, but the portion of 405 between S...
by Madison Park Blogger on Jul 12, 2013

The 'West Approach' is upon us

It's perhaps more easily seen by our neighbors across the Bay in Laurelhurst than by most of us here in the Park, but the Western anchor of the new floating bridge, Pier 36, is rapidly rising out of the Lake, just to the north of of us. The new pier,...
by Madison Park Blogger on Jun 24, 2013

No worries: this is not a permanent installation

Parked bridge pontoon worries Madison Park residentsIt's known as Pontoon W, and its arrival on the scene has spread consternation in the neighborhood as many Madison Parkers asked themselves, "Is this going to be what the new floating bridge looks l...
by Madison Park Blogger on Jun 12, 2013

Upcoming in April

FlorAbundance returnsThe big spring plant sale to benefit the Washington Park Arboretum will take place this year on Saturday, April 27 (10 am until 5 pm) and Sunday, April 28 (10 am until 3 pm). This is always a well-attended event, and because the...
by Madison Park Blogger on Apr 7, 2013

No, no, THIS is the weekend 520 will close

For some reason, WSDOT decided not to close 520 last weekend as had been scheduled for many many weeks. That decision made liars out of those of us in "The Media" who faithfully reported that the bridge would be shut down for construction. WSDOT had...
by Madison Park Blogger on Mar 20, 2013

SR 520 closed this weekend

It's a regular ritual: periodically closing 520 so that construction to widen the roadway on the Eastside can proceed unencumbered.  This weekend the contractor will be shifting the eastbound lanes between Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue NE...
by Madison Park Blogger on Mar 14, 2013

Floating bridge closed this weekend

The regular drill during construction of the new SR 520 Eastside corridor and floating bridge includes periodic closings of the highway on weekends, a routine that will continue indefinitely.  We have another shutdown occurring this weekend, wit...
by Madison Park Blogger on Jan 31, 2013

Construction delays on SR 520 today

Drawspan to be opened this eveningWSDOT announced yesterday that drivers on the floating bridge will face periodic stoppages tonight as the bridge is opened at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 pm for construction-barge traffic.  There will also be a full 520...
by Madison Park Blogger on Dec 20, 2012

520 closed yet again this weekend

But what about those pontoons?We usually get invited to the media tours that WSDOT puts on when it wants coverage of the SR-520 bridge-replacement project.  But so far, we've resisted making the trek to Medina to see the show.  Yesterday, t...
by Madison Park Blogger on Nov 15, 2012

Another bridge closing this weekend...

...not to mention the main drag through the Arboretum (though obviously we are doing so)There will be another in the long series of SR 520 road closings this weekend, beginning Friday night at 11 pm and extending through Monday morning at 5 am.  ...
by Madison Park Blogger on Sep 20, 2012

The new floating bridge explained

Madison Park to be briefed Thursday eveningWe have almost certainly devoted more time and attention to the details of and controversy surrounding the new SR-520 floating bridge than any other blog in the city. So, at least for those who have been pay...
by Madison Park Blogger on Sep 12, 2012

The first pontoon makes its appearance

For those who missed the coverage in the local media this weekend, we offer this photo showing the first of the new "longitudinal pontoons" to arrive on Lake Washington. It's currently floating at a temporary moorage off of Medina, but it's destined...
by Madison Park Blogger on Aug 13, 2012

Another 520 shutdown this weekend

Lake Washington Boulevard also closed through ArboretumConstruction crews will be working on installing a "fish-friendly culvert" and demolishing the old Bellevue Way overpass along the SR 520 route this weekend, necessitating the closure of the Stat...
by Madison Park Blogger on Aug 10, 2012

Floating bridge opponents lose court case

Process not "arbitrary, capricious nor an abuse of discretion"A Federal district judge today threw out the court case brought by the Coalition for a Sustainable 520 to force design changes to the floating bridge project. The Washington State Departme...
by Madison Park Blogger on Jul 25, 2012

Upcoming road and bridge closures

Floating Bridge will be closed this weekendBeginning at 11 p.m. tonight and continuing through 5 a.m. on Monday, July 16, both directions of SR-520 will be closed from Montlake Boulevard to I-405, with the Montlake Boulevard exit from SR-520 eastboun...
by Madison Park Blogger on Jul 13, 2012


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