520 Bridge

Transportation
1:15 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

State Needs $170 Million More To Finish 520 Bridge

On Oct. 16, 2013 Kiewit-General crews prepared for the fourth cycle of pontoon construction in Aberdeen by placing the massive formwork into the casting basin.
WSDOT

State officials say they need $170 million more to complete a replacement of the Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said Wednesday that an agency error on pontoon design error is consuming most of the project's reserve funds. Lawmakers had capped the project budget at $2.72 billion, but state transportation officials are now asking the Legislature to raise that to $2.89 billion.

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520 floating bridge
2:53 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Bridge drivers will see first signs of replacement taking shape

If you drive across Lake Washington this week on the SR-520 floating bridge, you may notice some construction in the water. That’s the first step in building a new floating bridge across the lake--running parallel to and just north of the existing floating bridge.

This week, a large crane will move into place, along with some barges. Then, steel piles will get pushed into the soft soils in the lake-bed, just off-shore of Medina.

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520 Bridge Tolling
11:01 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Traffic slowly returning to 520 toll bridge

The 520 floating bridge, including the western high rise, where the bridge passes near the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle as it heads over Lake Washington.
Associated Press

The Washington Transportation Department says drivers are gradually returning to the Highway 520 floating bridge since tolling was imposed in late December.

Tolling spokeswoman Patty Michaud said Friday the bridge that handled about 100,000 vehicles a day now typically handles 60,000 to 65,000. Traffic had dropped by nearly half when tolling went into effect.

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Traffic news
1:40 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Bald eagle, popular with commuters, killed on 520 bridge

This eagle was photographed in 2004 near downtown Seattle. An male eagle frequently seen at the Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle was killed on the 520 floating bridge.
Associated Press

A bald eagle was struck and killed Tuesday on the Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle. The eagle is believed to be the male of a pair that nests at the nearby Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle.

Frequently seen perching on bridge light poles, it was popular with commuters.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

When will tolls start on 520? Delays leave state with no date

Toll charges for the 520 bridge might begin in August, but they might not.
WSDOT

People who drive over the State Route 520 floating bridge will likely have a few more months before tolls kick in. The latest estimate of when charges would begin is now August, but the Washington State Department of Transportation won't commit to a date.

The new system has faced a string of delays. It was originally scheduled to be up and running in April. Then it was pushed back to June. Then late July. 

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520 Floating Bridge
11:38 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Preparing for tolls, get your "Good to Go" pass early

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Tolls on the old 520 bridge across Lake Washington are coming soon--likely starting in April.

It's an all-electronic system, so there won't be an option to just throw some coins into a box. You'll need a special pass on the windshield of your car. The price of driving over the floating span between Seattle and Bellevue will vary, depending on the time of day.  

State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond put on a happy face as she reminded folks to get ready to pay as much as $3.50 each way at the height of rush hour.

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Smart Commuting
3:06 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Mobile app for ridesharing could ease pain of 520 tolls

A new smart phone app is being piloted by the state to reduce SR 520 congestion and pollution.
WSDOT Flickr

Tolls on the 520 bridge are set to start this spring and they could be as high as $3.50 each way. 

Frustrated?  There's an app for that. 

An Irish company called Avego created a new smart phone app for "real-time ride sharing." Company leaders say it encourages more carpooling. 

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520 Floating Bridge
8:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Tolls coming to Lake Washington's SR-520, with unintended impacts

The 520 Floating Bridge, spanning Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside, June 12, 2010.
Flickr/Marc_Smith

Tolls costing $7 for a peak-period round-trip are coming to the highway-520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.  The tolls, approved Wednesday night, will pay for a new, wider bridge – although that bridge won’t open until 2014, at the earliest.   

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News Roundup
6:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

The 520 Floating Bridge (aka Evergreen Point Floating Bridge) may have tolling by April 2011.
Flickr photo by pgsvensk

A toll plan for Highway 520 bridge, Four Loko aims for less loco, and 787's test planes come home.

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