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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

BREAKING: High winds force closure of SR 520 Floating Bridge

The state Department of Transportation has closed both directions of the State Route 520 Floating Bridge for the rest of the day due to high winds.

According to WSDOT, Beam No. 5, used to open and close the bridge, has been damaged, and the span has been closed as a safety precaution. Drivers are urged to avoid the highway and use alternate routes for the evening commute.

We closed the SR 520 Bridge after crews discovered damage to a trunion beam in the bridge's drawspan.

Once crews discovered the damage they closed the bridge and opened the drawspan to prevent further damage to the bridge.

We are trying to complete repairs and reopen the bridge before Thursday morning's commute.

SR 520 is closed between Lake Washington Boulevard on the west side of the bridge and 92nd Avenue NE on the east side of the bridge.
UPDATE II: Just a celebratory note - this is the one thousandth post on the Official Blog, which will be two years old at the end of this month.

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