The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently announced that the 2013 construction season is starting now! Along with the City of Bellevue, crews are starting to gear up for lots of work in and around Bellevue.
What does that mean for Bellevue commuters? Here are the projects you should know about:
What’s happening: Crews are replacing the aging SR 520 floating with a larger and more efficient floating bridge.
Why: The 50-year-old bridge is often backed up with traffic and is vulnerable to windstorms and earthquakes.
When will construction take place: Construction is under way and is expected to last until late 2014. For specific project timing affecting the Bellevue area, please visit WSDOT’s website.
What’s happening: Crews will be adding one continuous northbound and southbound lane between NE 6th Street in Bellevue and SR 522 in Bothell. Combined with the current HOV lane, the lanes will serve as a dual express toll lane system similar to the High Occupancy Toll lanes on SR 167.
Why: Crews are improving I-405 to reduce congestion for commuters heading to and from Bellevue and adding additional carpool capacity.
When will construction take place: Construction is currently under way beginning in Bothell, and will be completed by 2015.
What’s happening: Crews will completely replace the concrete pavement on all lanes of northbound I-405 from SE 8th Street to just north of Main Street in Bellevue.
Why: The concrete in this portion of I-405 is 40-50 yeas old and is crumbling faster than crews can patch it.
When will construction take place: Late spring 2013 to fall 2013
West Lake Sammamish Parkway: I-90 to SE 34th Street, Phase 1 (City of Bellevue)
What’s happening: Crews will widen the shoulder on the east side of the roadway and create a multi-use path on the west side. There will also be sidewalk and ADA ramp upgrades as wells as pedestrian crossing at key intersections. Two-way pedestrian and bicycle access will remain throughout the corridor during construction, although southbound automobile traffic will be detoured onto SE 34th Street.
Why: The project will improve West Lake Sammamish for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
When will construction take place: Construction is starting now and will last until October 2013.