Important Progress for the 520 Bridge

Posted by Brad Smith 
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

We recently reached out to the people of the Puget Sound area to help advance a critical local and state issue: the timely replacement and expansion of the SR-520 bridge across Lake Washington. 

Many responded. I want to thank everyone who took the time to contact their elected officials and voice their support for the prompt completion of this critical project. Your efforts clearly helped legislators and local officials from both sides of the lake appreciate the need to forge a compromise that allows the project to move ahead on schedule.

I also want to thank our government and community leaders — Governor Gregoire, state legislators and many others – for their collaborative efforts to bring this important project closer to reality.  By passing legislation to authorize tolling and allow Eastside construction to begin, lawmakers have taken a key step to improve public safety and have kept on track a design that has been 13 years in the making. 

Important design details remain to be worked out to address the concerns of Seattle neighborhoods.  We’re glad the recent compromise will allow the project to move forward while ensuring those concerns are aired and resolved.

This is a vital infrastructure investment that will produce huge benefits for our region and our state.  Microsoft is committed to continuing our advocacy and collaborating with our many local partners to ensure timely and cost-effective completion of the 520 bridge replacement.  You can track our efforts at, and you can get the latest progress reports on the project from theWashington State Department of Transportation.

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Having lived in California in both the SF Bay Area and Orange County, I can say that in my opinion diamond lanes are a utopian dream that do not work to reduce congestion, it rewards the few at the expense of the many, and it causes more pollution, something the greenies don't want to talk about.     I'd propose that if diamond lanes MUST exist, then reverse the hours they are enforced. During peak traffic, say 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM in the mornings and in the afternoons between 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM open up all lanes, after peak reward the carpoolers. This reduces congestion and pollution and gets people out of their cars and to their jobs and their families.     Oh, and the idiotic light rail proposed by crazy man Mike McGinn, forget about it unless you did what they did in the SF bay, build a system like BART, that works! it's fast and is more fee's cover costs. And add bike lanes like the 90, takes up less space and would get more use anyway.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Having commuted in the Seattle area for most of the past 10 years I can say that in my opinion the diamond lanes are just enough incentive to encourage me to coordinate with others who have similar commutes. King County's vanpool system works great and Microsoft's support of the system makes it very inexpensive — usually free. It is a little work to coordinate schedules with a few strangers, but for the most part it's a great deal.    Would I vanpool without the diamond lanes? I don't know. But I've done it all… driven myself… rode with another driver… bicycled… and bussed… and I can tell you that because of the diamond lanes, when I drive, I always try to coordinate with another person. Especially during those times discussed above. My commute is about 15 miles and the diamond lane saves time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Without pointing fingers, I have no doubt that many of the people who oppose diamond lanes are the ones who DO NOT use them regularly.   Their comments and reasoning for not having them are often selfish.