Design

Design

Design Overview

Community and stakeholder input helped WSDOT shape the corridor’s design throughout two decades of planning for SR 520 improvements. The selected design-build contractor, Graham, will complete the final design and construct the project simultaneously.

  • Rendering showing view of Montlake lid portal looking east.
    View of Montlake lid portal looking east.

Design Features

Here are examples of design features you may see at the completion of the Montlake Project.

Signage

Signage

Signage will take different forms in different parts of the project.

Rendering of Montlake Project area showing the placement of various types of signage.

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 Post-mounted bicycle guide signs
Example of post-mounted bicycle guide signs

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 Interpretive signs
Example of interpretive signs

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 Wayfinding / directional signs
Example of wayfinding/directional signs

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Transit shelter

Transit shelter

The northwest corner of the Montlake lid will meet the different needs of transit users and the community, providing both a multi-functional transit stop and active urban plaza. The graphic below shows possible future elements around and near the shelter (transit canopy concept).

Rendering of Montlake Project area showing possible future elements around and near the transit shelter.

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Legend

ASouth Montlake Plaza

BInterpretive/wayfinding signage

CBicycle storage area

DMetro benches

ESeating wall

FGravel edge

Reference map showing position of the transit shelter in relation to the full Montlake Project.

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Site furnishings

Site furnishings

The graphic below shows elements that may be added to furnish the area as part of the Montlake Project.

Rendering of Montlake Project area showing possible site furnishings.

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Legend

 1939 NY World’s Fair-style bench

 Trash/recycling receptacles

 Interpretive element areas

 Drinking fountain

 Dog waste bag dispenser

 1939 NY World’s Fair-style bench
Photo of 1939 NY World’s Fair-style bench.

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 Trash/recycling receptacles
Photo of trash/recycling receptacles.

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Lighting

Lighting

Rendering of Montlake Project area showing possible lighting location and type.

Illustration showing planned highway light fixture and beam spread.

Highway

Illustration showing planned Montlake Boulevard East light fixture and beam spread.

Montlake Boulevard East

Illustration showing planned East Lake Washington Boulevard light fixture and beam spread.

East Lake Washington Boulevard and some SR 520 Trail

Illustration showing planned light fixture and beam spread for HOV access street, pedestrian land bridge, and some sidewalks.

HOV access street, pedestrian land bridge, and some sidewalks

Illustration showing planned SR 520 Trail light fixture and beam spread.

SR 520 Trail

Photo showing example of highway lighting.
Example of highway lighting.
Photo showing example of future lighting along Montlake Boulevard East.
Example of future lighting along Montlake Boulevard East.
Photo showing example of lighting along East Lake Washington Boulevard will be similar to the lighting in the Arboretum.
Lighting along East Lake Washington Boulevard will be similar to the lighting in the Arboretum.
Photo showing example of future lighting along 24th Avenue East and the HOV access street.
Example of future lighting along 24th Avenue East and the HOV access street.

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