520 Bride will be closed from Friday February 24th at 11pm through Monday February 27th at 5am. When crews close 520 they close both directions of the SR 520 floating bridge and highway and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard and I-405. Crews will also close the Bellevue Way Northeast overpass from 11 p.m. Friday night through 5 p.m. Saturday while crews set girders. When crews close the highway, SR 520 remains open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5. In Bellevue, the 108th Avenue Northeast on-ramp to eastbound SR 520 remains open and in Seattle, the Montlake Boulevard ramps from eastbound SR 520 and to westbound SR 520 remain open. All ramps and the mainline are required to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday following weekend closures. Please use alternative routes or delay your trip to Seattle or Eastside if possible.
Less than 48 hours until the tolling begins on 520 Bridge. The tolling starts at 5am on Thursday, December 29th 2001 and those without the “Good to Go” pass will be charged an $1.50 per trip. Cameras on the bridge will take photos of license plates and they will send the bill to the registered owner of the vehicle. To get your “Good to Go” pass you can go to Fred Meyer, Safeway, QFC or Costco and then activate it online or call the customer service center. There are 5 different passes you can choose from. No tolls will be collected between the hours of 11pm and 5am daily.
From Now until December 31st go view the Bellevue Botanical Gardens where over a half million lights are used to transform the Bellevue Botanical Gardens into a truely magical place. Hundreds of volunteers from all over the area have been busy making new creations for this year. New this year is the theme “Snap d’ Dragon” who will join over 30 “critters” inlcuding Charlotte in her web and Willie the slug. My favorite is the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn (picture above). Over 150,000 people enjoy the amazing Bellevue Botanical Gardens in the month of December.
The annual Bellevue Snowflake Lane has arrived again. Come out and join the fun at 7pm every night of the week in Downtown Bellevue. There is LIVE Toy Soldiers and winter characters, Music, magical snow fall and an amazing light show to brighten your night. Bring your family and friends and grab a cup of cocoa and come join the fun, you wont be disappointed. On the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th, located at the Bellevue Collection.
According to King 5 News, expect delays early Thursday morning, November 10th on the 520 Bridge as crews will be closing the drawnspan for up to 30 minutes somewhere between the time of 12:00-5:00am to perform monthly testing and maintenance work. If you absolutely need to travel over 520 during those times, click www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle before you leave to check out the traffic.
Tomorrow (July 23rd), Kirkland will be having a Canine Festival & Dog Walk at 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland between 9:00 am and 2:00pm. To learn more about this event, please go to KirklandWA.gov. I know I will be bringing my adopted dog (My wife’s parents dog) to this event because all the proceeds will benefit pet waste stations in Kirkland.
Get ready for traffic, because both ways of the Highway 520 Bridge will be closed this weekend from 11 pm on Friday to 5 a m on Monday morning. Crews will be working on variety of issues from Montlake Boulevard in Seattle to 1-405 in Bellevue. Be prepared to take alternate routes and face higher commute times. For more information, please visit the official WSDOT website.
A power station in Redmond caught on fire today and black smoke can be seen all the way from Seattle (See photo). The fire has caused several areas to loose power, including parts of Kirkland and Redmond. Please click on King 5 to learn more about the story.
Most Seattlites now about Burgermaster, the drive-up eatery with awesome burgers and fries you eat in your car. Lucky for us, there are five locations in the Greater Seattle Area. The original is over in the U-District, and the others are in Mill Creek, Everett, on Aurora and the other is across the water in Bellevue, just off of 520. Burgermasters get more than their fair share of visitors every day, but the weekend is definitely the busiest. A friend of mine found himself waiting to park for about 15 minutes when he went to the Bellevue location this past Saturday. I guess you have to be patient to get a burger from a classic, Bellevue joint. If you’re ever in the area and need a bite, check out Burgermaster and get a banana malt…they’re fantastic!