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  Montlake Cut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Montlake Cut is the easternmost section of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which passes through the city of Seattle, linking Lake Washington to Puget Sound.
It is spanned by the Montlake Bridge, a bascule drawbridge.
Most of the land on the north shore of the Cut is occupied by the University of Washington, its medical school to the west and its stadium parking lot to the east; residences and a recreational trail occupy the south bank, which is part of the Montlake neighborhood.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Montlake_Cut   (204 words)

 Montlake History by Jim Gould
Geographically Montlake is situated at the natural crossroads north of the center of Seattle, where any path leading north must pass the narrow isthmus between Lake Washington and Lake Union, and at the easiest east to west passage between the lakes must go.
Known as the Montlake area since 1909, the boundaries are roughly the Montlake Cut (with University beyond) at the north, the Arboretum (with Broadmoor beyond) to the east, Interlaken (with Capitol Hill beyond) south and south west, and Portage Bay and "Five Corners" (Roanoke beyond) to the west.
Montlake is renowned for its ability to rally civic support, but its greatest defeat was at the hands of the interstate highway system.
montlake.net /mcc/mcc_history_Jim_Gould.htm   (7363 words)

Montlake Community Club's petition for review of the 1998 subarea ordinance seeks to have level of service standards established for individual arterial segments within the subarea, such as the Montlake Bridge.
Montlake Community Club is a nonprofit organization serving a residential neighborhood located directly south of the University of Washington, across Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut.
Montlake Boulevard East, a congested corridor that crosses the bridge, is a state highway and a principal city arterial connecting to State Route 520, a major freeway.
www.mrsc.org /mc/courts/appellate/110wnapp/110wnapp0731.htm   (2377 words)

 University of Washington - Official Athletic Site :: Crew
Montlake Bridge: The Montlake Bridge, which spans the Montlake Cut race course, will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 10 a.m., making it an ideal vantage point to view the races which begin at 10:20 a.m.
The Montlake Bridge will be raised at the conclusion of the rowing regatta, shortly after 12 noon, and will remain in the raised position throughout the Seattle Yacht Club's yacht parade, which lasts approximately two hours.
It is accessible by stairway or trail from the Montlake Bridge, or via sidewalk at the end of Shelby Street near the Museum of History and Industry.
gohuskies.collegesports.com /sports/c-crew/spec-rel/042899aaa.html   (1289 words)

 Seattle Press on Line - City Fudges Numbers to Fix Montlake Bridge Traffic
If traffic on the two bridges is counted separately, the City might have to start denying building permits to projects North of the ship canal as early as 2005.
But if, as the city assumes, the University Bridge is a viable alternative to the Montlake bridge, and the two bridges are counted together, then the combined capacity is well short of triggering the GMA.
peak hour periods, the University bridge is at 70 percent capacity, and the Montlake bridge at 112 percent capacity.
www.seattlepress.com /article-1452.html   (433 words)

 uwnews.org | University of Washington News and Information
The proposed bridge, being considered by the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project team, would eliminate the current Montlake interchange and create a new six-lane interchange adjacent to the Arboretum.
Traffic south of the Montlake Bridge, in the Shelby-Hamlin neighborhood, would decrease by an estimated 46 percent, while traffic on the ramps leading from the Arboretum to SR520 would increase by 49 percent.
Traffic on Montlake would have a peak afternoon volume equivalent to 90 percent of the volume carried by SR520 at Portage Bay, and 45th Street east of Montlake would have a peak volume 83 percent of SR520 volume.
www.uwnews.org /article.asp?articleID=12977   (524 words)

 Cascadia Scorecard Weblog: A Study in Contrasts
So Seattle's Montlake neighborhood just unveiled a proposal to replace the 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington with a project whose centerpiece, according to the Seattle P-I, would be...
Montlake has been intrigued by the possibility of a 4-lane reconstructed highway with congestion pricing to achieve HOV speed and reliability with a smaller cost and environmental impact than a 6 lane configuration.
A 6 lane floating bridge is a bow to political reality, and may have much merit, as it is frankly unclear whether congestion pricing is sufficient to achieve the speed and reliability HOV lanes would offer to transit given other, fixed constraints on the system (e.g.
cascadiascorecard.typepad.com /blog/2005/02/a_study_in_cont.html   (1689 words)

 SDOT - Bridges and Roadway Structures
The Montlake Bridge, links the University District with the Montlake and Capitol Hill communities and is the first of the Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridges to be passed on the way to the Puget Sound from Lake Washington.
The bridge is 344 feet long, and was designed by Carl Gould, one of the original architects of the University of Washington.
Today, the Montlake Bridge is celebrated as the site of boating season's "Opening Day" festivities each May. The Montlake Bridge is owned, operated and maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
www.cityofseattle.net /transportation/stateownedbridges.htm   (202 words)

 PB Network | Issue 47 | Bridge Electrical Inspections
Our bridge inspection team in Washington State provides a service that is critical to maintaining operations and safety of a wide variety of bridges throughout the state.
While we were inspecting movable bridges for many years prior to the passage of U.S. federal regulations that require highway bridge inspections every two years, the passage of that requirement brought on an increased level of movable bridge inspections.
The majority of the bridge machinery is original, with the exception of the rack pinions and span lock drives that have been replaced.
www.pbworld.com /news_events/publications/network/Issue_47/47_17_CrouthamelB_BridgeElectricalInspections.asp   (1838 words)

 The Seattle Times: Opinion: A soaring vision for Highway 520
We agree with state officials that a new, wider, safer floating bridge across Lake Washington is necessary, and that the part of Highway 520 currently propped up on hollow concrete columns is seismically compromised.
Without the new bridge we propose that makes a direct connection between Highway 520 and light rail, buses from the Eastside would either get stuck crossing the Montlake Bridge or struggle on Interstate 5 and surface streets, unable to use the downtown Seattle transit tunnel, which will eventually be converted to rail-only use.
It is the same length as the main bridge we propose, also carries six lanes with shoulders, and was built in less than half the time the state plans for Highway 520.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/opinion/2002178293_dubman13.html   (1326 words)

 49 Wn.2d 262, THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, Appellant, v. THE CITY OF SEATTLE et al., Respondents
That the Montlake Bridge is a movable span bridge within the city limits of Seattle, is a part of the city street system of Seattle and the operation of said span bridge is a highway purpose within the 18th Amendment
to the State Constitution; that the City of Seattle, acting for and in behalf of the state, operates and maintains said bridge and employs bridge tenders to operate said movable span bridge and is reimbursed by the state therefor, all pursuant to a written contract between the city and the state dated March 27, 1953,.
For the purposes of this case, the Montlake bridge must be considered as a part of the state highway system.
www.mrsc.org /mc/courts/supreme/049wn2d/049wn2d0262.htm   (1709 words)

 eastsidejournal.com - Museum building will go if new 520 bridge built - Planners narrow future of span down to eight ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
By the time it reaches Medina on the Eastside, though, the bridge is not likely to stray much from the state-owned land where the freeway is today.
Seven of the eight designs call for building a straighter bridge and placing it 75 to 200 feet north on the Seattle side and demolishing the old bridge when the new one is finished.
The bridge, which opened in 1963, isolated the museum in the middle of the freeway with an overpass as its only access.
www.kingcountyjournal.com /sited/story/html/51687   (798 words)

 EPA: Federal Register: Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Lake Washington Ship Canal, WA
The Montlake Bridge provides 48 feet of vertical clearance above the mean regulated lake level of Lake Washington for the central 100 feet of the bascule span.
The Montlake Bridge is critical to north-south road traffic in its area.
This proposal would alleviate vehicular congestion by lengthening the periods that the bridge would be allowed to remain closed to marine traffic from the beginning of September to the end of April each year.
www.epa.gov /fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2002/September/Day-30/i24634.htm   (1950 words)

 Montlake's bridge ideas pass state engineers' test
Some key ideas suggested by Montlake residents to improve state plans for replacing and expanding the Evergreen Point Bridge are doable, state engineers said yesterday.
The Montlake Boulevard intersection with state Route 520 could be moved north of the Ship Canal and a major new intersection created at Northeast Pacific Street and Montlake Boulevard Northeast, said John Milton, chief engineer for the state project.
A high-level bridge would allow the existing 520 corridor through Montlake to be landscaped or used for drainage, Milton said.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /transportation/225114_bridge20.html   (738 words)

 ACTT Workshop SR 520 Project - Final Recommendations
Construct temporary on/off-ramps from Montlake Boulevard east to the new west approach structure of the Evergreen Point Bridge.
Phased half bridge construction is very costly compared to the cost of the additional right-of-way.
The traditional design-bid-build system is suggested for the floating bridges because the risk of failure is high, WSDOT has the design expertise, and the design should be able to be completed before the project needs to start.
www.fhwa.dot.gov /construction/accelerated/wswa0405.htm   (1758 words)

 EPA: Federal Register: Drawbridge Operations Regulations; Lake Washington Ship Canal, WA
This rule allows the bridge operator to keep the bridge in the closed-to- navigation position at certain times to accommodate vehicular traffic before and after football and basketball games at the University of Washington sport facilities, Seattle, WA from November 12, 2001, through June 9, 2002.
The closed draw of the Montlake Bridge across the Lake Washington Ship Canal, mile 5.2, at Seattle, Washington, provides 48 feet of vertical clearance above the mean regulated lake level of Lake Washington for the central 100 feet of the bascule span.
This temporary final rule allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation during times of heavy traffic before and after the football and basketball games at the University of Washington.
www.epa.gov /fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2001/November/Day-29/i29644.htm   (1494 words)

 BetterBridge.org - A Bold New Vision for SR-520 - Home Page
Better Bridge gives new presentation with an update on where we stand and the advantages of the plan.
September 7, 2005 - The Montlake Community Club unanimously approves a resolution endorsing the Better Bridge plan, strenuously opposing the other SR-520 alternatives and directing the board to work cooperatively with stakeholders to ensure that the Pacific Interchange works for Seattle neighborhoods and the UW.
Restoring Montlake Blvd. in the historic Olmsted tradition with bicycle lanes and trees in the median, all the way from Hamlin to Roanoke St., with continuous pathways and trees where ramps run now.
www.betterbridge.org   (391 words)

 WSDOT News - Montlake Bridge Closes to Vehicle Traffic This Saturday for Opening Day of Boating Season   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Each year WSDOT is asked to help by closing the Montlake Bridge to vehicle traffic to allow a parade of boats free passage.
Pedestrians will be allowed onto the Montlake Bridge to view the crew races until noon, when the bridge drawspan will open for the boat parade.
Motorists not involved in the event are encouraged to avoid the area and to consider alternate routes such as the Interstate 5 or Aurora Avenue (State Route 99).
www.wsdot.wa.gov /Regions/NorthWest/News/2005/May5_SR513Montlake.htm   (327 words)

 SDOT - News Releases
The Montlake Bridge will be closed to motor vehicle traffic on Saturday, May 1st, from 10 a.m.
Pedestrians only will be allowed on the bridge to view the crew races, and will be moved off the bridge at noon, when the bridge opens for the boat parade.
Vehicle traffic should expect the University Bridge and Fremont Bridge to be busy allowing vessel passage and should consider alternate routes, such as the I-5 or the Aurora Bridge.
www.cityofseattle.net /transportation/n042799a.htm   (224 words)

 The Seattle Times: Local News: Bridge ideas to get another look
After distilling dozens of suggestions for the path of a new Evergreen Point Floating Bridge through the Montlake area, the state Department of Transportation said yesterday it will give a handful of ideas further study — a move that surprised and pleased neighborhood advocates who have been pushing for new alternatives.
The state says the four-lane span, which opened in 1963, is vulnerable to windstorms and earthquakes and must be replaced for the safety of the 115,000 vehicles that cross it each day.
Since winter, Seattle's Montlake neighborhood and others clustered around the bridge's western end have rallied for the state to build a more direct connection between a future 520 span and a planned Sound Transit light-rail station near the University of Washington Medical Center.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/localnews/2002281897_520future20e.html   (627 words)

 lwsc - Bridge
If you are in a large vessel or sailboat, you may have to ask for as many as six bridges to be raised.
You should know the height of your mast and be prepared to signal the bridge tender at least 100 yards (30.48 m) from the bridge.
Montlake Bridge ____ _ Clearance 46 feet at center of span.
www.nws.usace.army.mil /PublicMenu/Menu.cfm?sitename=lwsc&pagename=Bridge   (401 words)

 R-308   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Editorial note: The SR-520 Bridge is a mile long pontoon bridge across Lake Washington (see illustration) that carries heavy commuter traffic to and from Seattle from the east shore of the lake.
The maneuver was not enough to slow the momentum of the vessels and at approximately 0240-0245, the barge allided with the last support piling, cracking the hollow cement structure.
Sea Coast's requirement for the master's presence on the bridge during certain operations and in certain geographic areas, increases the time the master is on the bridge, and exceeds the work hour limits established by law and does not comply with Sea Coast's work hour policy.
www.gulfcoastmariners.org /r-documents/R308.htm   (4006 words)

 Montlake Bridge due for closures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Montlake Bridge will be closed to traffic for extended periods tonight and tomorrow night.
Crews will close the bridge to traffic three times beginning at 12:01 a.m., and the bridge will reopen completely to traffic each morning by 5 a.m.
These closures are necessary for the bridge crews to test and establish the appropriate weight-balance ratio between each span of the drawbridge.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /transportation/111793_tl210.shtml   (160 words)

 kingcountyjournal.com - More time sought to study 520 bridge options - Delay of draft EIS will not effect plan to ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Reasons for studying the new options are to narrow the highway through the Portage Bay area, improve transit connections, reduce the impact to nearby neighborhoods and preserve future options for high-capacity transit.
Options under consideration on the Seattle side of the bridge include eliminating the Montlake Freeway transit stop, building a high-level bridge across Portage Bay, creating a Pacific Street Interchange near the University of Washington campus and building a second Montlake Bridge.
Delay of the draft EIS will have little effect on the long-range timetable to replace the bridge since work is not projected to begin until about 2012 and the phased construction would take several years to complete.
www.kingcountyjournal.com /sited/story/html/218596   (541 words)

 Sunnyside Ramp to Bob Dunshee's house   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
When underneath the bridge, take the right turn to NE Pacific Street, toward UW.
From Pacific St, stay in the right lane, turn onto Montlake Blvd after the hospital, and cross the Montlake Bridge.
Montlake Blvd turns into Montlake Place and then 24th Ave E -- you probably won't notice, unless you're looking closely at the signs.
www.tsca.net /puget/Dunshee.htm   (212 words)

 Groundspeak - Benchmark Details   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
It was a beautiful day to stroll the waterfront trail along the south side of the montlake cut.
This one is easily accessible from the trail by climbing the stairs on the east side of the Montlake bridge.
Make like you're going to visit the residents of 2908 Montlake Blvd. When you get to the walkway leading to the door look down and there it is, right where the public sidewalk and the house's walkway meet.
www.geocaching.com /mark/details.aspx?PID=SY0384   (516 words)

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