West Approach Bridge North Project, the next phase of funded SR 520 construction – and the first major phase in Seattle – is set to begin construction this month. As you may know, the current west approach bridge is supported by shallow, hollow columns that could fail in a severe earthquake. The new west approach bridge will have solid columns and be built to modern seismic standards. When complete, the 1.2-mile-long structure will connect the new floating bridge’s three westbound lanes, including a dedicated transit/HOV lane and shoulders, to the Montlake interchange in Seattle. The new west approach bridge also will extend a new 14-foot-wide regional bicycle/pedestrian path from the Eastside and floating bridge to Montlake and the University of Washington. To learn more about WABN, you can watch WSDOT’s new video which highlights some of the construction activities that will take place and the benefits of the completed project to the SR 520 corridor and the entire region.