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Sketched March 30, 2016

On a bright sunny day this week, I went to the Evergreen Point Road lid in Medina for a side-by-side view of history in the making.

Crews were putting the final touches on the new 520 floating bridge, which is scheduled to open to traffic in a few weeks. Westbound lanes will open first on April 11 and eastbound lanes will follow on April 25.

Compared to the old 1963 span, the new bridge feels massive. A safer structure with three-lanes in each direction, wider shoulders and a pedestrian-bike pathway justified building this supersized replacement.

If you come to the public festivities hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation on the bridge this weekend you’ll be able to see for yourself. I’ll be curious to know your opinion about the upgrade.

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