WSDOT recaps 2013 pontoon progress, raises 12th man flag for Seahawks

Crews working to build the new SR 520 floating bridge show their support for the Seahawks at the construction work zone in Medina.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking back at 2013, and tells KBKW crews made major progress building the new SR 520 corridor last year. From multiple pontoon float-outs in Aberdeen and Tacoma to nearing completion of the highway’s Eastside enhancements to preparing for the next phase of construction in Seattle, the past year was busy.

The department has compiled all the 2013 highlights in a year-in-review newsletter. You can find several notable accomplishments “By The Numbers,” from bridge anchors set on the bed of Lake Washington (58) to girders set for new Eastside overpasses (more than 300!). You’ll also see the key milestones reached each month, from January through December.

2014 promises to be just as busy. This spring, the fourth cycle of completed pontoons from Aberdeen is expected to float out. In the summer, the new Eastside corridor should open to drivers, and construction is set to begin for the highway’s next phase in Seattle, the West Approach Bridge North. Bridge assembly will continue all year on Lake Washington, as pontoons are joined to one another to form the new floating bridge.

Crews working to build the new SR 520 floating bridge show their support for the Seahawks at the construction work zone in Medina.

Crews working to build the new SR 520 floating bridge show their support for the Seahawks at the construction work zone in Medina.

Crews working on the new SR 520 floating bridge took a brief pause on Jan. 14 to show their spirited support of the Seattle Seahawks and their playoff run. Workers stood atop a pier for the new east approach bridge structure in Medina and proudly draped the “12th Man” flag. Best of luck to the Seahawks this weekend as they take on the 49ers at Century Link field. Go Hawks!

Crews working to build the new SR 520 floating bridge show their support for the Seahawks at the construction work zone in Medina.