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Downtown Redmond Link Extension ongoing road closures

Stay up-to-date on upcoming and ongoing long-term lane, street, intersection, highway and on-ramp closures related to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension project.

Publish Date

Four-month closure of westbound SR 520 on-ramp from Redmond Way/SR 202 starting April 15

*updated 3/25/2022

Beginning on April 15, 2022, crews will be closing the on-ramp to westbound State Route 520 from Redmond Way for 4 months in order to build a new freeway on-ramp. This work is happening so that crews can raise the westbound SR 520 on-ramp over the future light rail line that will travel at ground level, underneath the on-ramp.  

In June of 2021, Sound Transit's contractor crews closed the eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to Redmond Way and shifted traffic to a temporary off-ramp in order to build the new off-ramp. Next, crews need to build the new westbound SR 520 on-ramp. Unlike the eastbound SR 520 off-ramp, crews do not have enough room to have both a temporary on-ramp and build the new on-ramp at the same time. So, project staff determined that the most viable way to perform this work is to close the westbound on-ramp for approximately four months.  

This on-ramp closure is a big deal! Below are some ways you can plan and change how you move in anticipation of the closure. If you have any questions or concerns about this work, please reach out via my contact information below.  

What 

Four-month closure of WB SR 520 on-ramp from Redmond Way/SR 202.

When 

This work has been postponed until further notice

Where 

On-ramp to eastbound SR 520 from Redmond Way/SR 202.

More 

  • See below for the planned detours during the closure.
  • If you are a transit user, make sure to sign-up for Sound Transit rider alerts and/or King County Metro alerts
  • Budget more time to get to your destination. With the on-ramp being closed, traffic will move differently. Expect to see some backups and longer wait times in the surrounding city streets. 
  • Due to inclement weather or unforeseen issues, dates and times are subject to change. 

 

Map 1: Detour to west bound SR 520 from eastbound Redmond Way.
Map 1: Detour to west bound SR 520 from eastbound Redmond Way.
Map 2: Detour to westbound SR 520 from westbound Northeast 76th Street or Northeast Union Hill Road.
Map 2: Detour to westbound SR 520 from westbound Northeast 76th Street or Northeast Union Hill Road.

 

SR 520 overpass construction activities in Redmond

Sound Transit contractor crews will be working for an extended period of time on three SR 520 overpasses in Redmond: Northeast 40th Street (through January 2022), Northeast 51st Street (through January 2022), and Northeast 60th Street (through June 2022). Construction for the future Downtown Redmond Link Extension includes cut-and-cover tunnels beneath the overpasses. To build these sections, construction activities are done in phases to safely accommodate crews, public, and keep traffic moving. To stay up to date with the traffic changes we encourage the community to sign-up for our construction alerts and project updates. In addition, the City of Redmond regularly shares information about the project, you can sign up here.

Below is an overview of the schedule for each overpass. Please note the construction schedule is subject to change. Updated August 2021

Northeast 40th Street

  • Phase 1- April 2021-September 2021
  • Phase 2- September 2021-January 2022

Northeast 51st Street

  • Phase 1- December 2020- April 2021
  • Phase 2- July 2021-January 2022

Northeast 60th Street

  • Phase 1- April 2021-September 2021
  • Phase 2- October 2021-June 2022
Construction map for undercrossings work and closures, Downtown Redmond Link Extension.

     

    Closure of NE 60th St. in Redmond to Vehicle Traffic

    Beginning as early as Monday, March 21st, Sound Transit’s contractors will be closing Northeast 60th Street to vehicle traffic for approximately 6 months. NE 60th Street will be closed to vehicle traffic so that crews can build the future light rail line underneath NE 60th Street, at ground level, as it heads north towards Downtown Redmond.

    Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be maintained via a temporary pathway. Please see the maps above for the detour route and pedestrian access. Bus routes for Lake Washington School District may experience some delays due to this closure. Any resulting changes to bus stops or stop times will be communicated by Lake Washington School District by Friday, March 25.

    What

    Closure of NE 60th Street to vehicle traffic. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be maintained.

    Where

    NE 60th Street between 154th Avenue NE and 156th Avenue NE.

    When

    Monday, March 21, 2022 – September 2022

    More

    • Access for pedestrians will be maintained outside the construction work zone.
    • Plan ahead, leave early and allow extra time to reach your destination.
    • Due to inclement weather or unforeseen issues, dates and times are subject to change.
    Construction map for Northeast 60th Street Closure, Bike and Pedestrian Map

     

    Construction map for Northeast 60th Street Closure, Vehicle Map

    SR 520 eastbound off-ramp closure in Redmond

    Beginning as early as Tuesday, June 29, lasting through spring 2022, Sound Transit contractor crews will close the SR 520 eastbound off-ramp to Redmond Way/SR 202 and shift traffic to a temporary off-ramp. This ramp closure is needed to accommodate construction activities for future light rail.

    What

    Closure of SR 520 eastbound off-ramp to Redmond Way/SR 202.

    Where

    SR 520 eastbound off-ramp to Redmond Way/SR 202.

    When

    Tuesday, June 29- spring 2022.

     

    Construction map for Redmond Way SR 202 eastbound off-ramp closure June 2021, Downtown Redmond Link Extension
    Map showing SR 520 eastbound off-ramp closure in Redmond.

    Construction activities coming to Downtown Redmond

    Beginning as early as Monday, Feb. 8, Sound Transit's contractor crews will begin preparing designated construction areas from 164th Avenue Northeast to 170th Avenue for upcoming construction activities.

    What

    Contractor crews will begin tree and vegetation removal and installation of construction fencing within designated construction areas.

    Where

    164th Avenue Northeast to 170th Avenue.

    When

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2021- ongoing

    More

    • Construction activities will include:
    • Construction fencing and signage.
    • Tree and vegetation removal.
    • Parking restrictions.