Archive for March, 2016

On a rainy Friday afternoon, Choose Your Way Bellevue staff got the awesome opportunity to tour the new State Route 520 Floating Bridge. We were accompanied by WSDOT’s communications and engineer team to show us around. The new SR 520 Bridge to the north of the existing floating bridge has been under construction for years and we’ve seen it march west towards completion. This April, WSDOT is unveiling a huge milestone in the process of the updated SR 520 connection: the floating bridge and landings segment.

We’re particularly excited about SR 520’s regional shared-use path which runs along the north side of the bridge. It is making progress as construction of the new highway moves from east to west. Because of the SR 520 program’s phased construction, the path on the bridge will not immediately link Medina and Seattle. When the floating bridge opens to traffic in spring 2016, its bike and pedestrian path will also open – but as an “out and back” trail from Medina to the west end of the floating bridge. At that time, westbound cars, trucks and buses will merge from three lanes to two when nearing Seattle and pedestrians and bicyclists will turn around. The connection to Montlake should open as part of the West Approach Bridge North project in summer 2017.

On the new floating bridge, the 14-foot wide, cross-lake lane will include belvederes to provide scenic viewpoints and resting areas for bikers, joggers and walkers.

The path will also have knee-level lighting all the way across the bridge, a protective barrier between the path and adjacent traffic, and a specially designed railing that provides views of the lake while keeping foot-powered travelers safe.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will not pay a toll to cross the bridge once the shared-use connection is open in 2017 or to use it as an “out and back” path in the interim.

Choose Your Way Bellevue staff recently toured the soon-to-be open SR 520 floating bridge on a rainy afternoon with WSDOT! Check it out the photos below:

SR 520 Bridge Tour

The SR 520 Bridge is huge so instead of driving from one end to the other construction workers use these bikes.

SR 520 Bridge Tour

Can you guess what this is? We couldn’t either, but we found out it’s a ramp for birds so they don’t get stuck in this opening on the lower part of the bridge.

SR 520 Bridge Tour

Here is a closer look at the belvedere. Enjoy a very beautiful scenic view as you take a break from walking or biking on the shared-use path.

SR 520 Bridge Tour

This is what the road looks like up close. The ridges, patterns and textures help to reduce noise on the roadway.

SR 520 Bridge Tour

We’ve reached the end of the bridge. The connection to Montlake should open as part of the West Approach Bridge North project in summer 2017.


Monday, March 21st, 2016 3:39 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

This April is Ride Transit Month and we are encouraging those who have not used transit before to Try Transit On Us and Report Back on your Ride. To help you get started, we are offering preloaded $25 ORCA cards to the first 100 new transit riders* to apply. Whether you want to commute to the office, ride to the Bellevue Collection for shopping and dining, bus to Seattle for a Mariners game or if you want to try the Sound Transit 560 or light rail to the airport, we have your first trips covered.

What are you waiting for? You can register between March 8th and April 7th here for your preloaded $25 ORCA card. We will then review your application and if approved, we will send you an ORCA card within seven business days.

After you try it on us, earn another $25 towards your transit trips and even another chance at a $50 iTunes gift card! There are so many perks to trying transit this spring!

  • Share an image with us from your transit travels, along with a short story by emailing by May 7th.
  • Log at least four transit trips during the month of April on the Choose Your Way Bellevue trip-logging calendar system to be eligible for Transportation Choices Coalition’s Ride Transit Promotion Ride Transit Promotion, a $500 Amex gift card**! If you want a chance to win even more prizes you can also log your trips directly in the Ride Transit Month promotion, but be sure to continue logging in Choose Your Way Bellevue too. Be sure to log your April trips by May 7th.
  • By logging your trips in Choose Your Way Bellevue you’ll also be entered into the Choose Your Way Bellevue monthly drawings.

Complete the above and we will send you a $25 voucher to reload your ORCA card to keep it moving! All submissions will also be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 iTunes gift cards to keep you entertained on your bus travels.

For more details and a complete set of rules here.

*New users include any Choose Your Way Bellevue participant who has not used transit in the past 90 days, is not eligible for an employer ORCA Passport benefit, and has not received an ORCA card from a past Choose Your Way Bellevue, On The Move Bellevue or Downtown Bellevue on the Move promotion or campaign.

Limit two per household and one per email address.

**This post was updated on April 6, 2016, with the correct grand prize.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 10:30 PM | by Jason Hampton | Comments (2)




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