Choose Your Way Bellevue News and Updates

From Sound Transit: Construction alert: East Link Extension - 11/16/18

Night closures on I-405 in Bellevue on Nov 19th – 20th

Overnight drivers should be aware of upcoming closures on Interstate 405 in downtown Bellevue. Beginning Monday, November 19th, Sound Transit’s contractor will continue concrete pours of horizontal structures over the highway in preparation for elevated light rail. Work is scheduled to occur on the nights of Nov 19th-20th. This work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled.

What to expect?

East link construction alertMonday, November 19th
The northbound I-405 HOV lane (8 p.m. – 5 a.m.) from Northeast 10th Street to Main Street will be closed.

The northbound I-405 off-ramp and the southbound on-ramp to and from Northeast 6th Street (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.) will be closed while work is occurring.

Crews will close the southbound I-405 HOV lane and one left lane (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.) from Northeast 10th Street to Main Street.

The eastern Northeast 8th Street on-ramp to southbound I-405 (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.) will also be closed.

 

Tuesday, November 20th

Crews will close the northbound I-405 off-ramp and the southbound on-ramp to and from Northeast 6th Street (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.).

The northbound I-405 HOV lane and one left lane (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.) from Northeast 10th Street to Main Street will also be closed.

During the closures, drivers should follow the signed detour.

 

East link construction alert

For more information

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

From King County Metro Transit - Transit Alert – Ride transit to sporting events and weekend activities; expect some reroutes & delays - 11/15/18

Some King County area transit service will be affected by congestion in and around
Century Link Field on Thursday night and Husky Stadium on Saturday.

With two major sporting events in the Seattle area, fans are encouraged to plan ahead,
share rides where possible, leave early, allow plenty of time and expect extra crowds
and possible delays, especially around parking areas, rail stations and other transit
facilities.

Even when it is affected by traffic, construction, temporary reroutes or delays, riding
transit is still a great way to get around our community and to most local events and
activities, where there is usually congestion and limited parking.

Transit reroute start and end times, routing, and other details may be subject to change. 
Use regularly published timetables, allow plenty of travel time and expect possible
delays.

Text for departures
At - or on your way to - your stop, text your transit stop ID to 62550 to find out when the
next transit service is scheduled or predicted at your stop.

Thursday, November 15
Seahawks Game - 5:20 PM kick-off
Commuters heading home and fans heading to the game are advised to expect possibly
significant transit service delays before Thursday night Seahawks game at CenturyLink
Field


Both for ease of travel, and reducing traffic congestion, Seahawks fans are encouraged
to ride regularly scheduled transit service, including Sound Transit Link light rail, to
and from the game.

There is lots of regular transit service to and from the stadium area. Nearly all routes
that travel to or through downtown Seattle stop near CenturyLink Field, and there are
many area park-and-ride lots where fans can park for free, and ride regularly scheduled
transit service
to the stadium area.

Payment of a valid regular fare is required on all transit trips.

Most game-related traffic impacts are expected to be in the SODO, Stadium, Pioneer
Square, downtown Seattle and adjacent areas
, however service that travels near or
through those neighborhoods could be delayed in other areas as well.

Metro Route 21 will be rerouted off of 1st Av S between S Holgate St and Edgar
Martinez Dr S, about three hours before the start - and continue until about one hour
after the end - of major stadium events. Start and end times may vary. 

Saturday, November 17
Husky Football  - 1:30 PM kick-off
Metro provides extra service from several locations, and routes 31, 32, 44, 45, 48, 65,
67, 71, 73, 75, 271 and 372 will be rerouted in the Husky Stadium and Montlake areas.
Ride Link light rail to Husky Stadium.

Construction
Known construction-related impacts to transit service are posted in Metro’s online
Service Advisories table and sent to Transit Alert subscribers.  It’s a good idea to sign
up
for Transit Alerts or otherwise check for a service advisory before you travel.

Additional information
Visit Metro’s website for complete information about Metro and regional transportation
services.


See Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about revised Metro bus service,
routing and stops for most planned events. 


Sign up for Transit Alerts or check for a service advisory before you travel.

Use Metro’s online or mobile regional 
Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel, and
for information about bus stops, schedules, predicted times at stops and other
information.


Use Metro’s text for departures tool. Text your transit stop ID to 62550 to find out when
the next transit service is scheduled or predicted at your stop.

Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about regular and holiday Water
Taxi operation.

Visit the 
Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State
Ferries
 websites for information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit
partners.


For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources,
follow @seattledot or visit
 - https://twitter.com/seattledot 
 - https://twitter.com/SeattlePD 
or other relevant sites.

 

From WSDOT News: SR520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program Update - 11/13/18

News to brighten your day: westbound SR 520 open after weekend work

Crews reopened westbound SR 520 early Monday morning, Nov. 12, after a full weekend of work. During the closure, crews replaced 1,750 light bulbs and fixtures that illuminate the westbound lanes under the SR 520 lids at Evergreen Point Road, 84th Avenue Northeast and 92nd Avenue Northeast. The weekend also provided crews the opportunity to work on overhead signage, take measurements for future construction and perform routine maintenance.

Construction workers replace light bulbs under a highway lid.

What’s next

Crews will be back in December for a second, complementary eastbound closure over the Dec. 1-2 weekend. During that time, they’ll replace another 1,750 lights and fixtures, this time under the SR 520 lids covering the eastbound lanes. We’ll send out more details about this second closure as we get closer.


Cancelled – nightly ramp closures this week

Good news, night owls - we've cancelled this week's overnight closures of the ramp from westbound SR 520 to southbound I-5. Crews were able to drop off the drilling equipment during the day without closing the ramp. The drilling work will take place this week during daytime hours only and won't require any closures.

Active Transportation News from WSDOT: November Ride in the Rain Challenge: Make room for Thanksgiving pie

Pedal off the pie. Work off the whipped cream. Crank off the cranberries. Spin off the stuff -- well, you get the idea. If your intake of calories goes up during the dark days of winter as you dream of hibernation, maybe you need a little challenge to keep you moving, especially if the skies are spitting on you a bit.

The Washington Bikes Ride in the Rain Challenge held during the month of November tackles the weather head on. Whether your November features rain, fog, frost, snow, or just the early darkness, this is your opportunity to sign up for free, inspire friends and family, and perhaps win some fabulous prizes. Learn more and register. WSDOT staff can join the Iron Goats team. (When you register you can also give credit to the person who recruited you to ride.)

For those of you who use SR99 through Seattle, this is a great opportunity to sharpen those commuting skills that don't involve driving. When the highway closes and the tunnel isn't yet open, you'll be ready whether you're rolling to errands, to work, or doing the Tunnel Ride Feb. 3. This is a good time to learn how to combine bicycling with a transit trip if you usually pedal in better weather: Use the bike to shorten your time to the stop, let them do the long haul, roll to your destination on the other end.

More on the #Realign99 changes. Make your plan now with the help of this checklist (PDF), practice in November, and come January you'll have no problem with those New Year's resolutions to save money, get more exercise, and cut down on pollution.

From Sound Transit: Construction Alert - South Bellevue - 11/9/18

Ramp and lane closures between I-90 and Bellevue Way Southeast

Crews working to build Sound Transit's East Link project in south Bellevue continue installation of precast concrete girders during the week of Nov. 12. Ramp and lane closures will be necessary to safely complete installation of girders and temporary light plants will be used to illuminate the work area. See map below.

What

Ramp and lane closures associated with this work:

Monday, Nov. 12-Thursday Nov. 15: night closure, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

  • Eastbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way
  • Eastbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way HOV ramp
  • Westbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way
  • Southbound Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90 ramp
    • Drivers should follow detour signs to reach their destination.
    • During the above closures bus service will detour off Bellevue Way Southeast, missing stops on Bellevue Way Southeast between the 'Y' at 112th Avenue Southeast and I-90. Riders should access transit at stops on Bellevue Way Southeast, north of the 'Y' at 112th Avenue Southeast

Expect noise from cranes, lifts, light plants and associated equipment during work hours.

When

Installation is expected Monday-Thursday night between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Where

South Bellevue, Bellevue Way Southeast between I-90 and Southeast 30th St.

More

  • Precast concrete girders measuring 80-120' long and each weighing up to 205,000 lbs. will be trucked in and lifted into place using large mobile cranes.
  • Sound Transit's contractor is permitted to work expanded hours in the I-90 corridor and adjacent to Bellevue Way Southeast, including 24-hour work in this area.
  • Plan ahead, leave early and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Due to inclement weather or unforeseen issues, dates and times are subject to change.

Contact us

Outreach Specialist: jason.hampton@soundtransit.org or 206-903-7177
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Related updates

Map of girder installation in Bellevue.


Weekly construction traffic impacts and ongoing closures

With construction around the South Bellevue station area in full swing, we want to ensure you are aware of all ongoing impacts, roadway closures and changes in activity.

We update the traffic impact schedule weekly. Visit the link below for the latest.

See updates


Stay ahead of construction

Your safety is our priority. Learn how to stay safe around our construction sites.

Watch for future alerts and project updates. Forward this to your friends, family, neighbors, and people in your community! Encourage them to subscribe.

 

How it's built

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

From WSDOT: Eastisde Traffic News - 11/8/18

Westbound SR 520 closed this weekend

Traveling across Lake Washington this weekend? If so, don't forget that all lanes and ramps of westbound SR 520 between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

This closure will give our contractor crews room to replace the 1,750 lights located beneath the highway lids at Evergreen Point Road, 84th Avenue Northeast and 92nd Avenue Northeast. 

All eastbound lanes and ramps, as well as the SR 520 trail, will remain open throughout the weekend. Westbound travelers will need to use I-90 as an alternate route to get across the lake. 

If you have any questions during the weekend work, please call our on-call construction hotline at 206-200-9484.

WB 520 Closure


Ramp and lane closures between I-90 and Bellevue Way Southeast

Crews working to build Sound Transit's East Link project in south Bellevue will install the second set of precast concrete girders during the weeks of Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Ramp and lane closures will be necessary to safely complete installation of girders and temporary light plants will be used to illuminate the work area. See map below.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 night closure, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

The ramp from Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90. Drivers should follow detour signs to reach their destination.

Thursday, Nov. 8: night closure, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

The ramp from Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90 and one lane of the Bellevue Way Southeast to westbound I- 90 ramp. Drivers should follow detour signs to reach their destination.

Monday, Nov. 12-Wednesday Nov. 14: night closure, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

 ·    Eastbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way

·    Eastbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way HOV ramp

·    Westbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way

·    Southbound Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90 ramp

Expect noise from cranes, lifts, light plants and associated equipment during work hours.

Installation is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 5, and will continue Monday-Thursday night for approximately two weeks. Work will take place nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

 


Issaquah family shares story to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while fatigued

Getting behind the wheel when tired or struggling to stay awake is deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates it kills 1,550 people each year. In Washington, we average 13 fatalities a year from drowsy driving crashes, including 7 in 2017 and 15 in 2016. 

Bill Shaw's daughter, Mora, almost became one of those statistics in 2006. Please give their story a read, and then take the steps to make sure you're well-rested and alert before you operate a vehicle. It's important. 

fatigued driving


Weekend celebration to say “hello” new tunnel, “goodbye” old viaduct

On Feb. 2 and 3, you are invited to attend our grand opening celebration to mark the completion of the new SR 99 tunnel, the final days of the viaduct and an improved and reconnected waterfront. The celebration will include an 8K fun run, a bike ride, an art festival and so much more. Visit the Step Forward website for more information. We hope to see you there!

hello new tunnel goodbye old viaduct


Speaking of SR 99... start making your alternate commute plans now!

The viaduct is scheduled to permanently close on Jan. 11, 2019. During this three-week #Realign99 highway closure, both the viaduct and the new tunnel will be closed. This disruption is unavoidable due to the large amount of work involved in re-aligning SR 99 with the new tunnel. Add in some additional ramp closures on top of this major closure, and travelers should expect up to six weeks of traffic disruption. 

We will need everyone's help during the closure to avoid gridlock. Commuters and employers, you should start thinking now about how you can change commute patterns. We have developed a handout with ideas and resources to help!


High-impact special events this weekend

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Sounders vs. Portland Timbers - 7:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field

Friday, Nov. 9

  • Seattle International Auto Show - 12 to 9 p.m. at the CenturyLink Field Event Center

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • Seattle International Auto Show - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the CenturyLink Field Event Center

Sunday, Nov. 11

Happy Veterans Day!

  • Seattle International Auto Show - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CenturyLink Field Event Center

From WSDOT News: SR520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program Update

Weekend closure will close westbound SR 520

 

Plan ahead for westbound SR 520 closure over the Nov. 10-11 weekend

Over the Nov. 10-11 weekend, contractor crews on the Eastside will return for the first of two weekend directional closures in the corridor and work over the weekend to replace the lights under the three Eastside lids at Evergreen Point Road, 84th Avenue Northeast, and 92nd Avenue Northeast.

Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, our contractor will close the westbound lanes and ramps of SR 520 between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard to replace the first batch of 1,750 lights underneath the highway lids. The highway will reopen to all travelers by 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. All eastbound lanes and ramps will remain open, as well as the SR 520 Trail.

Closure information:

  • From 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, all westbound lanes and ramps of SR 520 will close between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard.
  • All eastbound lanes and ramps, and the SR 520 Trail will remain open throughout the weekend.
  • If you have any questions during the weekend work, please call the on-call construction hotline at 206-200-9484.

Map of the November 2018 westbound s r 520 closure between ninety second avenue northeast and montlake boulevard.

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Eastbound closure: Dec. 1-2 weekend

A complementary, eastbound closure will take place over the Dec. 1-2 weekend to replace the second batch of 1,750 lights under the three lids.

 
 

 

From Sound Transit: North Station Update - 11/1/18

Note from Choose Your Way Bellevue: The Northgate Park-and-Ride includes peak-hour service to Bellevue on Route 555.

The new Sound Transit Northgate Station garage will be opened and three Northgate park-and-ride areas closed on Monday, Nov. 19. The four-floor garage located at the future Northgate light rail station will provide nearly 450 parking spaces at the busy Northgate Transit Center. Even though Northgate Station will open in 2021, Sound Transit is opening the garage early for transit riders.

New Reserved Parking Permit option

The Northgate Station garage will be the first Sound Transit facility to offer a reserved parking permit option for people driving alone. Current carpool permit holders may renew, and transit riders may obtain carpool parking permits free of charge.
To learn more about pricing or to get a permit go to our permit parking page. Parking permit holders will have reserved parking on the lower level of the garage on weekdays during the morning rush hours.

Learn more and buy permits here.

From Sound Transit: Service changes coming March 2019; Public Hearing & Open House Nov. 8 

Attention: Bellevue Sound Transit riders

Sound Transit (ST) Express bus service will significantly change in March 2019. Key changes include:

  • Rail only downtown tunnel
    • Route 550 moves to surface streets in downtown Seattle, north on 4th Ave., south on 2nd Ave.
    • Link light rail reliability improves.
  • Montlake Freeway Station closes
    • Route 542 service will expand to evenings and weekends.
    • Route 545 will bypass Montlake.
    • Route 555 will bypass Montlake. 
  • Seaway Transit Center opens
    • Route 513 extends to Seaway Transit Center and no longer serves Evergreen Way.
  • Improving efficiency
    • Route 580 select low-ridership trips cut and others run only between Puyallup Station and the South Hill Park and Ride.
    • Route 555 operates only between Northgate and Bellevue, no longer serving Eastgate or Issaquah. 

Ways you can give input to Sound Transit:

Public Meetings:              Public Hearing, Nov. 8, 1 pm

                                     Open House, Nov. 8, 5-7pm

                                     Location: Union Station, Ruth Fisher Board Room, 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle

Phone:                           1-866-940-4387

Email:                            servicechanges@soundtransit.org

Mail:                              Service Planning, 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

 

Read more

From Sound Transit: Construction alert: East Link Extension - 11/1/18

Ramp and lane closures between I-90 and Bellevue Way Southeast

Crews working to build Sound Transit's East Link project in south Bellevue will install the second set of precast concrete girders during the weeks of Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Ramp and lane closures will be necessary to safely complete installation of girders and temporary light plants will be used to illuminate the work area. See map below.

What

Ramp and lane closures associated with this work:

Wednesday, Nov. 7 night closure, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.: The ramp from Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90. Drivers should follow detour signs to reach their destination.

Thursday, Nov. 8: night closure, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.: The ramp from Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90 and one lane of the Bellevue Way Southeast to westbound I-90 ramp. Drivers should follow detour signs to reach their destination.

Monday, Nov. 12-Wednesday Nov. 14: night closure, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

  • Eastbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way
  • Eastbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way HOV ramp
  • Westbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way
  • Southbound Bellevue Way Southeast to eastbound I-90 ramp

Expect noise from cranes, lifts, light plants and associated equipment during work hours.

When

Installation is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 5, and will continue Monday-Thursday night for approximately two weeks. Work will take place nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Where

South Bellevue, Bellevue Way Southeast between I-90 and Southeast 30th St.

More

  • Precast concrete girders measuring 80-120' long and each weighing up to 205,000 lbs. will be trucked in and lifted into place using large mobile cranes.
  • Sound Transit's contractor is permitted to work expanded hours in the I-90 corridor and adjacent to Bellevue Way Southeast, including 24-hour work in this area.
  • Plan ahead, leave early and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Due to inclement weather or unforeseen issues, dates and times are subject to change.
  • To receive the latest updates on impacts to bus service due to East Link construction, please sign up for Sound Transit and King County Metro rider alerts.

Contact us

Outreach Specialist: jason.hampton@soundtransit.org or 206-903-7177
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Related updates

South Bellevue girder installation map.