Free Public Tours of construction along the SR 520 corridor for Summer 2015

WSDOT is hosting tours of the new floating bridge. The tours begin May 30, and will access the construction site from Evergreen Point Road in Medina.  Participants will learn about WSDOT’s efforts to replace the floating bridge and will be treated to tours led by SR 520 project engineers on the new bridge in the current construction zone. Construction began in early 2012 and the new bridge now extends more than a mile from the Medina shoreline.

SR 520 Tour Map

SR 520 Tour Map

Separate tours of the West Approach Bridge North will begin in June and will take place in Seattle.  Visitors will learn about the State’s efforts to replace the vulnerable west approach bridge through a guided tour of the project site. For the safety of the guests, tours will be led by SR 520 project engineers around the project site on public trails and sidewalks, not through active construction zones. Construction began in fall 2014 and progress can be seen on Lake Washington and around Montlake.

SR 520 Aerial View.

SR 520 Aerial View.

SR 520 West Approach Tour Map

SR 520 West Approach Tour Map

Tour sign-ups are open to those 18 years or older; however, signing up does NOT guarantee you a spot on the tour. Tour group size is limited and we anticipate high levels of interest. Please see below for additional rules of participation.

Participants will be selected by random drawing and notified of their selection approximately two weeks prior to the tour date. We will try our best to accommodate as many interested parties as possible.

SR 520 Floating Bridge Tour Dates

Tours will be held monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. The current tour dates (which are subject to change if needed) are:

  • May 30, 2015 ( Registration Open, closes 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 13 )
  • June 27, 2015
  • July 25, 2015
  • August 29, 2015
  • September 26, 2015

SR 520 Floating Bridge Tour Details

  • The tours include a walk of approximately two miles round trip. Visitors must be able to walk over uneven, steep terrain and climb up and down about 70 stairs.
  • Tours last approximately two hours.
  • Tours begin at the Evergreen Point Road Lid Park and Ride: SR 520 & Evergreen Point Road in Medina.
  • Photography will be allowed on tours.
  • Tours will be conducted rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. In cases of severe weather, such as snow or ice, tours may be canceled with short notice.
  • Tours may be canceled and dates may change for any reason due to the dynamic nature of construction activities.

SR 520 Floating Bridge Rules of Participation

  • Advanced sign up is required.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older, minors are not allowed on site.
  • Participants may sign up once per month to be randomly selected for a tour.
  • Participants may sign up two participants at once (themselves and one additional guest).
  • If selected, sign up is not transferrable.
  • Due to high demand, participants may only attend one tour.
  • Participants must wear proper footwear (sturdy work boots or hiking boots only). Those without proper footwear will not be allowed to enter the construction site.
  • In order to enter the active construction site, participhttp://sdotblog.seattlemultiqa.wpengine.com//wp-admin/post-new.php#ants must sign a liability waiver on the day of the tour.
  • Pets are not allowed on the tour.

Questions? Contact the project information office at: SR520bridge@wsdot.wa.gov or 206-770-3554.