SR 520 Online Open House – Community stakeholder workshops

Following a June 20 open house regarding design elements for the SR 520 Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project, WSDOT reached out to community and stakeholder groups to participate in a series of three summertime workshops on the project. We are seeking the perspectives of project users to help refine the project’s urban design features, including open space on the Roanoke lid, under-bridge elements on the replacement Portage Bay bridge, and bicycle and pedestrian connections between the SR 520 Trail and Seattle’s local trail network. Participants’ feedback will inform our work with the city of Seattle and the Seattle Design Commission to advance the project’s design. 

How to participate

We held the first workshop on July 11, focused on a new Roanoke lid over SR 520 and bicycle/pedestrian connections in the corridor. The second workshop, on Aug. 15, focused on trails and other design features beneath a new Portage Bay Bridge. At the third workshop, on Sept. 12, WSDOT provided a report back to the community on participants’ feedback and resulting refinements to the project’s design.

A second in-person open house on Oct. 29 will include updated design, construction, and public-engagement information on all four SR 520 “Rest of the West” projects. Here are the meeting details:

  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
  • Montlake Community Center, 1618 E. Calhoun St., in Seattle
  • Bus routes 49 and 43 stop approximately a half mile from the center; the UW Link station is approximately one mile away
  • Limited free parking is available on site

Public engagement timeline

Below is a schedule for some of the public engagement opportunities in 2019 for the SR 520 Program, including the three community and stakeholder workshops and two in-person open houses. 

2019 timeline of public engagement for the SR 520 Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project, starting with Seattle Design Commission meetings on June 6, September 5 and November 7, public open houses on June 20 and October 29, and community stakeholder workshops on July 11, August 15 and September 12.
Community members sitting at round tables point to and discuss a map of a planned SR 520 highway lid in Seattle's Roanoke neighborhood during a July 11 community stakeholder workshop. A woman holding a toddler sits in the foreground.
Community members discuss design characteristics of the future Portage Bay Bridge and
Roanoke Lid Project with WSDOT staff during the July 11 workshop.

Recap of Sept. 12 workshop

The third workshop, on Sept. 12, provided participants with an update on conceptual design refinements based on the feedback WSDOT received from the previous two workshops and via the online open house. Nineteen participants attended the third workshop and were involved in a facilitated discussion regarding the conceptual design updates.

This summary of workshop participants’ comments (pdf 206 kb) covers the highlights of the evening’s discussions.

Recap of Aug. 15 workshop

The second Community Stakeholder Workshop brought to the table WSDOT and city of Seattle staff and approximately 25 community stakeholders to discuss the Boyer Avenue East and Bill Dawson Trail under-bridge areas related to the Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project.

This summary of workshop participants’ comments (pdf 205 kb) captures the evening’s discussions.

Recap of July 11 workshop

Approximately 50 members of the community joined WSDOT staff with the SR 520 Program to review and discuss potential design features for the upcoming Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project. Their roundtable discussions focused on the look and feel of a planned Roanoke lid over SR 520 and bicycle/pedestrian trail connections along the SR 520 corridor.

Miss the workshop? View the meeting’s presentation (pdf 3.3 mb) or click on the links directly above to see updated information from the workshop. You also can review this summary of workshop participants’ comments (pdf 254 kb).