Rushing to catch the bus or just going for a stroll on Montlake Boulevard? Get ready for several sidewalk detours during the next six to eight weeks. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 West Approach Bridge North Project are getting ready to build wider, smoother sidewalks and new pedestrian islands along Montlake Boulevard East near SR 520. Work will occur in various locations along Montlake Boulevard East.
The work will take place in three sequential phases, described below. The first phase will begin as soon as Monday, March 2nd and each phase is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.
- Phase 1: Sidewalk closed along the east side of Montlake Boulevard East to the north and south of East Hamlin Street.
- Phase 2: Sidewalks closed at the northeast and southeast corners of the Montlake Boulevard East and East Lake Washington Boulevard intersection.
- Phase 3: Sidewalks closed at the northwest and southwest corners of the Montlake Boulevard East and East Lake Washington Blvd intersection. The crosswalk across the westbound on-ramp to SR 520 will also be closed at this time.
The graphic below illustrates the locations of the closure during Phase 1 and some common pedestrian detours to avoid them. For those who can handle stairs, the stairs leading to the SR 520 freeway transit stop can serve as a shortcut when the crosswalks at the Montlake Boulevard East and East Lake Washington Blvd intersection are inaccessible.
To get the most current information about the current construction activities check out the What’s Happening Now? site for the SR 520 – West Approach Bridge North Project.