SR 520 Online Open House – Community stakeholder workshops

WSDOT is reaching out to community and stakeholder groups to participate in a series of three workshops this summer regarding the SR 520 Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid 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 at the Queen City Yacht Club in Seattle. Below are details on the two remaining workshops, which also will take place at the yacht club.

Workshop No. 2: Thursday, Aug. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Focus: Areas under the Portage Bay Bridge

  • Location: 2608 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle
  • Transit: Metro 49 drops riders a seven-minute walk from the yacht club
  • Parking: On-street parking and limited parking on site (note: the meeting can be accessed via the first-floor entrance; directional signage will be posted)

Workshop No. 3: Thursday, Sept. 12, exact time TBD

Focus: Report out on community feedback heard at workshops #1 and #2 and the online open house, along with feedback from city representatives and the Seattle Design Commission.

Individuals or representatives of community organizations who would like to participate should email the SR 520 Program at Please include your name, organization (if applicable), email address, and phone number. We will make sure you receive additional details about the workshops through email updates and direct outreach.

Public engagement timeline

Below is a schedule of public engagement opportunities in 2019 for this project, including the three planned community and stakeholder workshops and a second open house in the fall. 

timeline of summer 2019 community engagement opportunities for SR 520 Portage Bay and Roanoke Lid Project
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 WSDPT staff during the July 11 workshop.

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).