SR 520 Floating Bridge To Close Aug. 8-11 For Construction

SEATTLE – State Route 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project crews will be hard at work over the weekend as they place asphalt on new ramps and stripe the freshly paved lanes east of the SR 520 bridge. Beginning Friday night, Aug. 8, all SR 520 lanes across Lake Washington will be shut down in both directions between Montlake Boulevard and Interstate 405 for a weekend-long closure.

Late night drivers should also prepare for three nights of westbound closures this week, Aug. 4 to 8, between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard as crews pour concrete and put the finishing touches on the new West Connection Bridge. The structure, due for completion this fall, will connect SR 520’s existing lanes in Seattle with the highway’s new, six-lane floating bridge when it opens in spring 2016.

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Algae Advisory Posted for Black Lake

Swimmers, pet owners and anglers advised to avoid contact. A blue-green algae bloom in Black Lake has recently produced enough toxin to prompt a swimming advisory for the lake that is now in effect. Swimming or water-skiing in water with algae toxins or drinking it can lead to serious illness, so people and pets are advised to stay out of the water at Black Lake, and anglers are reminded that the safest bet in algae-prone waters is to catch and release.

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SR 16 Olympic Drive Overpass Work Begins Aug. 4

GIG HARBOR – Work to repair the State Route 16 Olympic Drive overpass starts next week. The overpass was struck and damaged by an over-height load in 2013.

Beginning Monday, August 4, motorists will encounter weeknight single-lane closures on west and eastbound SR 16 approaching Olympic Drive NW, and on Olympic Drive NW itself. For the first few weeks, construction crews will install temporary striping, guardrail and signs.

The westbound SR 16 lane closures are scheduled Monday through Friday, August 4-8, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Eastbound SR 16 lane closures are scheduled for the same nights between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. Olympic Drive NW itself will be reduced to two lanes, one lane in each direction, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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90/94 Challenge

I-90/94 Challenge:  5,681 Miles, Four Days, Zero Fatalities Law enforcement officials in 15 states conducting enhanced traffic enforcement Aug. 1-4

(Olympia)-- Motorists will notice an extra law enforcement presence when driving on two of the country’s most highly traveled interstates during a four-day enforcement campaign in early August.

The Washington State Patrol and law enforcement officials in 14 other states are joining together with a goal of zero deaths on Interstates 90 and 94 between Washington state and New York Aug. 1-4. That’s more than 5,600 miles of road.
 
This combined effort is known as the “I-90/94 Challenge.” It’s not a competition between states, but a challenge to drivers to stay safe on one of the country’s busiest highways.

“We will have zero tolerance for the violations we know cause the most deaths and injuries,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “Speed, DUI and the failure to wear seat belts continue to cause preventable tragedies and rip families apart.”

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