The Madison Park Blogger published a fantastic post today about the recent arrival of a bridge pontoon on the north side of the SR 520 floating bridge. Apparently the pontoon was concerning Madison Park residents, and Bryan Tagas, the man behind the “Madison Park Blogger” investigated.
“We quizzed WSDOT on the subject and can reassuringly report that while the bridge will not be that high and wide at this particular Westside venue, Pontoon W is ultimately destined to be placed on the Eastside of the bridge – where it will be that wide and, actually, even higher (the roadbed, obviously, will go on top of the columns),” Tagas wrote.
You can read more about that pontoon (Pontoon W) on the Madison Park Blogger site. In the meantime, we thought it valuable to give a little update on the SR 520 floating bridge replacement project as a whole – particularly since we’re now a few weeks into boating season.
Due to the opening of boating season, the drawspan of the current 520 bridge will be opening more often to let boats through. You can sign up for alerts of openings to know when to use other routes – click here for more information about that.
Like with Pontoon W, WSDOT has begun the repair implementation process for the first pontoons coming from Aberdeen. The goal is to make all repairs necessary so that the new floating bridge will have a 75-year life. Last week, on June 7th, Pontoon A was towed through the ship canal to Lake Washington to prepare that pontoon for repairs. In the last few months, six more pontoons were finished and eight more are under construction now.
Other SR 520 floating bridge construction updates include the completion of setting the final anchors of the 58 that will hold the new floating bridge in place. The first roadway section for the Medina section of the bridge was poured.
Check out the latest WSDOT SR 520 floating bridge construction updates by clicking here. If you have questions about the project, or concerns, call the construction hotline at 425-576-7098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured photo from WSDOT’s Flickr page, showing Pontoon A being towed under I-5.