Important Progress for the 520 Bridge

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 athttp://520bridge.posterous.com, and you can get the latest progress reports on the project from theWashington State Department of Transportation.

About the Author

General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Brad Smith is Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries. Mr. Smith is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business as well as its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer. Mr. Smith currently co-chairs the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and is the chair-elect of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In Washington state, Mr. Smith has served as chair of the Washington Roundtable, a leading Washington state-based business organization, and he has advanced several statewide education initiatives.