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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #50 on: December 29, 2017, 01:54:21 AM »

The bike trail has finally opened fully, so now one can ride from Seattle to Evergreen Point.


https://www.theurbanist.org/2017/12/22/sr-520-cross-lake-trail-opens-improving-options-walk-bike/

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #51 on: October 03, 2019, 01:29:19 AM »

Now that we are all comfortable with the new west approach bridge (north), it's time for WSDOT to switch it to bi-directional use. The south side, low-level approach will be closed on October 11 and demolished to make way for a new approach structure. The HOV lanes will now end prematurely for a few years to squeeze four lanes onto the bridge.



WSDOT is also re-doing the Montlake interchange, which means a loss of connections on a rotating basis. The end result:

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #52 on: October 03, 2019, 02:41:31 AM »

2023 is going to be a great year:

* the 520 will be almost completely rebuilt, minus the Portage Bay section (a big minus, but that'll come soon enough)
* significant progress will have been made on the 167 and 509 projects
* Link blue line to near-Redmond!

2024 looks brilliant too:

* 405 ETL lanes to Renton
* Link red line extension to Federal Way
* Link red/blue line extension to Lynnwood

I'm sure there's plenty of other things too. I hope I'm not moving away any time soon. Too much exciting stuff going on!
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #53 on: October 03, 2019, 09:31:10 PM »

I'm looking forward to 2021 and the light rail completion to Northgate!  Rail station about 10 minutes walk from my house!  Downtown in 30 minutes even in rush hour!  (Currently 30 minutes in rush hour MIGHT get you across the Ship Canal.)
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2019, 09:52:02 PM »

2024 is going to be mind-blowing. I hope they do a simultaneous opening of Lynnwood and Federal Way just so that the first train can party at both ends of the region.

I don't want to stay in Marysville until then, but I guess I'd be fine with somewhere in South County with Link.

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #55 on: October 15, 2019, 08:18:57 PM »

Another old (but seemingly current) plan for the configuration of SR 520 around Montlake for the next few months. The temporary Lk Washington Blvd ramp is pretty wild.

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #56 on: January 31, 2021, 12:32:33 AM »

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #57 on: January 31, 2021, 02:48:31 PM »

I just saw recently that the Montlake Lid is getting its girders placed, and traffic is to be shifted over on top of the lid to replace the exiting overpasses once the lid is structurally sound. I am very interested to see how traffic is going to be shifted, as it seems like a couple of very tight turns.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #58 on: March 06, 2021, 10:33:16 AM »

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #59 on: March 06, 2021, 01:17:39 PM »

https://www.q13fox.com/news/sr-520-bridge-over-lake-washington-to-be-closed-in-both-directions-this-weekend




Update on the SR-520 is closed to make upgrades according on WA-520.

They are continuing installation of the girders to support the Montlake Lid.

I got some video passing underneath them last Friday. Let's see if I can upload them.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #60 on: March 06, 2021, 09:44:28 PM »

I got some video passing underneath them last Friday. Let's see if I can upload them.

And here we go:

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #61 on: March 07, 2021, 01:25:38 AM »

Thanks!  Looking forward to the lid being done.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #62 on: March 08, 2021, 10:27:59 PM »

Nice video Jake, looks like it's progressing nicely! Admittedly I'm excited to see the signs go up since I had a bit of a hand in reviewing them though that's definitely still a ways out.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #63 on: March 09, 2021, 02:29:32 PM »

Thanks fellas!

Speaking of the signs, you can actually hear me laughing early on at the faded UW logo. Not sure what caused it, but hopefully they fix the issue for the next series of signs.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #64 on: March 09, 2021, 04:08:24 PM »

That generation of UW logo can't fade fast enough for me.  Great logo for intercollegiate athletics, but I wish they'd go back to the columns for UW as a whole.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #65 on: March 09, 2021, 05:44:42 PM »

That generation of UW logo can't fade fast enough for me.  Great logo for intercollegiate athletics, but I wish they'd go back to the columns for UW as a whole.

Just the 'W'? I thought that logo had, in one way or another, been the logo for sometime now?

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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #66 on: March 09, 2021, 11:58:51 PM »

Those are the football/intercollegiate sports logos.  During the 1990s a logo based on the four columns of the sylvan theatre (and featured on the UW coat of arms) was used as the university's logo.  A previous UW president who has since gone on to head the NCAA didn't think the university needed a logo separate from the football team, so they created an administration team to seek out and destroy any remaining use of, or stationery with, the columns logo.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #67 on: March 10, 2021, 01:15:31 AM »

Those are the football/intercollegiate sports logos.  During the 1990s a logo based on the four columns of the sylvan theatre (and featured on the UW coat of arms) was used as the university's logo.  A previous UW president who has since gone on to head the NCAA didn't think the university needed a logo separate from the football team, so they created an administration team to seek out and destroy any remaining use of, or stationery with, the columns logo.

Hmm, I see. Was it related to the seal?



As a UW-Tacoma student, the columns never personally meant much to me. In fact, I only learned of their existence during graduation last year, which was virtual and broadcast from those columns.
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« Reply #68 on: March 10, 2021, 12:50:45 PM »

Those are the football/intercollegiate sports logos.  During the 1990s a logo based on the four columns of the sylvan theatre (and featured on the UW coat of arms) was used as the university's logo.  A previous UW president who has since gone on to head the NCAA didn't think the university needed a logo separate from the football team, so they created an administration team to seek out and destroy any remaining use of, or stationery with, the columns logo.

Hmm, I see. Was it related to the seal?



As a UW-Tacoma student, the columns never personally meant much to me. In fact, I only learned of their existence during graduation last year, which was virtual and broadcast from those columns.

Yes, the columns were used partly because of the seal, and they used a couple of variations as a logo, one with four columns and one with just one.

I see why it wouldn't mean much.  Maybe that was part of the reason for adopting the W.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #69 on: March 23, 2021, 09:27:20 PM »

The Montlake Bridge is closing to vehicular traffic for a month beginning in August for long-overdue maintenance. Wonder how much strain it will place on the side streets along Portage Bay.

https://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/seattles-montlake-bridge-getting-some.html

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« Reply #70 on: March 24, 2021, 12:59:31 AM »

Some, but August is a dead time... most UW summer classes are over and fall term hasn't started yet.
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« Reply #71 on: March 24, 2021, 01:25:05 AM »

Some, but August is a dead time... most UW summer classes are over and fall term hasn't started yet.

Plus, who knows if UW will even be doing in-person instruction. We've been online-only for a year now. Spring quarter is already confirmed to be online-only.
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Re: New SR 520 Floating Bridge
« Reply #72 on: March 24, 2021, 02:17:53 PM »

By fall, it seems quite possible that enough people will be vaccinated that there will be herd immunity.  Unless a variant that doesn't mind the vaccines pops up.
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