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Alert 4/28-5/1: 520 Trail closed across Lake Washington

Closure map.
Map of the closed trail sections, from WSDOT.

The 520 Bridge Trail will be closed late Thursday through late Sunday, WSDOT announced Wednesday. The trail under the bridge leading to Lake Washington Boulevard will also be closed.

A previously-scheduled closure was cancelled earlier this month. You can check the 520 project’s construction map to keep track of planned closures as details may change due to weather or other factors.

The trail closure is a major disruption for people who rely on this bridge, as all detour options add a lot of time and effort. For example, a bike trip from UW campus to downtown Kirkland takes about 45 minutes via the 520 Bridge, but 1:40 if traveling around the north side of the lake (according to Google’s bike travel estimates). Remember that you can put most bikes on the front of a bus.

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Details from WSDOT:

To keep riders and pedestrians safe as we pave and move soil nearby, we will close the trail across Lake Washington and the temporary trail under SR 520 from 3 a.m. Thursday, April 28 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at 10 p.m. Pedestrians and bicyclists should plan to take alternate routes across Lake Washington.

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6 responses to “Alert 4/28-5/1: 520 Trail closed across Lake Washington”

  1. asdf2

    It looks like the exit ramp to Montlake will also be closed, so the bus option will have heavy delays as well.

    1. Alper S

      The off-/on-ramps are only closed 9p Saturday to 6a Sunday.

  2. Spencer

    It looks like the path closes early Thursday, not late Thursday.

  3. George H

    I ran into this yesterday. I was on home stretch of 25 mile loop from Seattle via I90. So many people standing there with their jaws open. Of course word never got to us this would be closed. It was laughable but it is what it is. Just bad luck.

  4. Hogwarts School

    I started a ride on Sandpoint Way heading north, I rode the Burke Gilman Trail to Bothell and then into Kirkland and Carolin Point. And then Road up the hill on 520 to ride over the bridge only to discover that it was closed. I was already 25 miles into my ride. It was another 14 miles to go through Bellevue over Mercer Island, through the Arboretum and back to Sandpoint. 39 miles today. I wish I had known that upfront

  5. Paul Gladnick

    Don’t worry, you didn’t inconvenience them. Your $ – hardly at work.

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