Seattle floating bridge project moving ahead



SEATTLE (AP) — A $4.6 billion project to replace the Highway 520 floating bridge and improve the corridor between Seattle and Bellevue is moving ahead.

The Washington Transportation Department released the final environmental impact statement Thursday for a six-lane bridge to replace the four-lane bridge on Lake Washington.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve the project next month. Construction would begin next year and continue through 2018.

Work has already begun in Aberdeen where the pontoons will be built.

Tolling is scheduled to start this summer to help pay for the project. Funding is about $2 billion short.

The 48-year-old bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world — over a mile long.


Information from: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce,