SR 520 Grand Opening builds on Public Health, University of Washington and WSDOT partnership for youth

SR520_2The upcoming 520 Bridge Replacement events presented an opportunity for approximately 160 underrepresented student populations from nine school districts to celebrate the grand opening of the world’s longest floating bridge.

On March 24, their attendance kicked-off the 520 Bridge celebration with an integrated partnership established between Environmental Health Services, Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), University of Washington – College of Engineering (UW), and various community partners to promote college and career readiness for youth to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

IMG_5889The students were invited to participate in a half-day forum facilitated by Environmental Health in coordination with the University of Washington and the WSDOT to learn about the real-world applications involved in constructing the new SR 520 floating bridge project. The high schoolers met with former governor Christine Gregoire, students from the UW College of Engineering, WSDOT technical experts, and Seattle and King County – Public Health officials on topics including policy development, education and Equity and Social Justice.

View the events on King County TV (KCTV) here.

For more information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement public grand opening activities taking place on April 2 and the ongoing STEM education efforts visit