Redmond SR 520 ramp closes for 4 months due to light rail work

The closure comes as workers begin to build a new on-ramp to cross the future light rail line.

REDMOND, Wash. – The on-ramp to State Route 520 westbound from Redmond Way will be closed for four months beginning Friday, April 15, as Sound Transit continues work on the light rail expansion in the downtown area. city ​​of Redmond.

The closure is necessary because contractors at Sound Transit are building a new on-ramp that can cross the future light rail line.

Drivers will still be able to access SR 520 northbound in Redmond via NE Leary Way, NE 76th Street or NE Union Hill Road.

Here is the detour via Leary Way NE:

Here is the detour route via NE 76th Street or NE Union Hill Road:

The Redmond Link Downtown Extension will add two new light rail stations to Redmond in 2024. One station will serve the Marymoor Village area and the other will be downtown.

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About a year before these stations are completed, Sound Transit plans to complete the eastbound to Redmond Tech Station, which will open in 2023.

Sound Transit was able to test trains on the East Side Expansion, which will operate as Line 2, late last year. The light rail system will eventually run from downtown Seattle to downtown Bellevue and on to Kirkland, Redmond and on to Issaquah.

Work to extend the light rail system to Lynnwood also reached halfway in November last year.

The $3.1 billion stretch will eventually extend and connect all the way to Everett.

Eventually, the Sound Transit light rail system hopes to connect the entire Puget Sound region via light rail, rapid bus service, and train.

Jose P. Rogers