Thursday 520 Bridge drawspan openings + overnight closure for re-buttoning

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Plan on avoiding the 520 Bridge Thursday night. WSDOT will stop traffic on the bridge to open the drawspan at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm and 9pm — with each opening taking about 30 minutes start to finish. Then the 520 corridor, from Montlake Blvd to I-405 in Bellevue, will close at 11pm and reopen at 5am Friday morning. Crews will repaint temporary lane lines and replace reflective buttons that recently washed away with winter weather.

“As we get ready for a major holiday travel weekend, we want to make sure the highway visibility is clear and bright,” said Brian Dobbins, construction manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “Thursday night is our best bet for favorable weather before the holiday.”

Update Thursday 9am: WSDOT has updated tonight’s drawspan schedule — there are now just two openings on tap, after Argosy and a sailboat agreed to go through together at 9pm.