If you bike through Montlake via the Lake Washington Loop route, then you have a rough detour ahead of you for the next six months.
Starting “as soon as Monday,” the 24th Ave E bridge (otherwise known as the only bridge in Montlake that’s NOT constantly clogged with cars) will be closed until the early months of 2016.
And despite this being a major regional bike route, everyone walking and biking will share the same ten-foot sidewalk on the east side of Montlake Boulevard. That’s skinnier than modern standards for a two-way shared-use path. The path will also cross SR-520 ramps, so you’ll need to be especially careful.
For bike routes near the Montlake Bridge, it’s one step forward, one step back.
The state just funded completion of the 520 bridge project in Seattle, which means its time to make sure the completed project fully embraces biking and walking connections. That includes an improved bike/walk ship canal crossing and protected bike lanes on Montlake Boulevard connecting into the Montlake business district (and beyond).
Details from WSDOT:
As soon as Monday, Aug. 31, crews for the SR 520 West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN) plan to close the 24th Avenue East bridge over SR 520 for up to six months. This necessary closure will allow crews to extend the overpass to the north and make room for a new off-ramp to East Lake Washington Boulevard at 24th Avenue East. This new off-ramp will replace the existing westbound off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard in the Arboretum, scheduled to be removed in 2016. Please note construction activities are weather-dependent and subject to change.
During the approximately six-month closure, all bicycles and pedestrians will be detoured to the Montlake Boulevard sidewalk via East North Street. Over the past several months, crews have upgraded sections of sidewalks along the east side of Montlake Boulevard to ADA standards and widened the sidewalks to 10 feet…
For more information about future phases of work in the Montlake area visit our website. To stay informed during WABN construction, you can also:
- Call the 24-hour construction hotline (206-708-4657) with pressing questions or concerns.
- Email WABN staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.
- Join us for our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center.
- Visit the SR 520 Orange Page for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.
- Visit the WABN project website to find general information about the project.
- Follow us on Twitter @wsdot_520 to get key news and updates about the SR 520 program.