Choose Your Way Bellevue News and Updates

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 5/23/18

  • Weekday construction traffic impacts
  • June 2-3 weekend closure of 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Night work near I-90
  • Reminder of ongoing closures

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 1

I-90

Tuesday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.: In order to safely construct columns and column caps for the East Link elevated guideway in south Bellevue, Sound Transit's contractor plans to close all ramps from I-90 to Bellevue Way Southeast. Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90.

Bellevue Way Southeast

In order to work in the eastside curb lane while maintaining two lanes of traffic in the peak direction (northbound 6-10 a.m. and southbound 2-6 p.m.) crews will use the 'southbound center lane' as a reversible traffic lane. At times, northbound vehicles will travel in what is normally a southbound lane.

Tuesday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Work is set to begin on the light rail trench and guideway adjacent to Bellevue Way Southeast, between the South Bellevue Station site and the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast. Throughout the project, two lanes will be maintained in the peak direction: northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon. Sound Transit's contractor will use cones and lane delineators to guide traffic along Bellevue Way Southeast. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination. More info on what to expect can be found at the East Link long-term and ongoing closures page.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between the South Bellevue Station site and the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast. During this time, northbound vehicles will travel in what is normally a southbound lane.

112th Avenue Southeast

Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Daily closures of one northbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Bellevue Way Southeast and Main Street.

Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Daily closures of one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th Street.

Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As needed, in order to complete utility work and facilitate wall construction, Sound Transit's contractor may close one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Southeast 8th Street and Bellevue Way Southeast.


Weekend of June 2-3: Full closure of 112th Avenue Southeast between Bellevue Way Southeast and Southeast 8th Street

Map of closures on 112th Avenue Southeast in Bellevue.

In order to remove trees adjacent to 112th Avenue Southeast, Sound Transit's contractor is planning a weekend closure of 112th Avenue Southeast between Bellevue Way Southeast and Southeast 8th.

Anticipated closure dates:

  • Saturday, June 2nd from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3rd.

Local access to Bellfield Residential Park will be maintained. Flaggers and uniformed police officers will actively assist with traffic control and driveway access. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination.


Night work at I-90 in Bellevue

Starting Monday, April 16, crews with Sound Transit's contractor initiated night work to construct columns and column caps in advance of elevated guideway construction in south Bellevue. Night work supporting this activity is expected to last for eight weeks.

Work hours: Tuesday-Thursday (Friday morning) 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Equipment: Cranes, concrete trucks, concrete pump rigs, light plants, generators and aerial lifts

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, steel beam erection, concrete trucks and associated equipment while crews set steel falsework, forms, install steel rebar cages, place concrete in forms and remove forms. Equipment/vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms. Sound Transit's contractor is permitted to work expanded hours along Bellevue Way Southeast, including 24-hour work in the area south of the future South Bellevue Station site.

Traffic impacts: The work will require the closure of all I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast ramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the closure of the I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast ramps, all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90.


Reminder of ongoing closures

For information on previously announced long-term and ongoing closures click here.

  • Bellevue Way Southeast reversible lane configuration
  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp 120 day closure
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

Learn about WSDOT's work on the Eastside Rail Corridor, Thursday, May 24

 

WSDOT_ERC_Construction

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and King County Parks are working together to open portions of the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) Trail in Renton and Bellevue by the end of 2020. 

Join us at an open house to learn more about two sections of the ERC trail that WSDOT will build:

 - A 2.5 mile-long segment of paved trail south of I-90 between Coal Creek Parkway in south Bellevue and Ripley Lane in Renton.

 - A new bicycle-pedestrian crossing over I-405 near the Mercer Slough.

Open house details:

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24

Where: Newport High School Commons, 4333 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue

Visitor parking is available from the 124th Avenue Southeast entrance off of Coal Creek Parkway Southeast. The location is served by King County Metro routes 240, 241, 245 and 246.

These two sections are a part of the Interstate 405 Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes project which WSDOT is partnering with King County to build.

In Motion: King County Metro will reward people who pledge to drive less in Kent Valley & South Bellevue

People who live, work or go to school in the Kent Valley and South Bellevue areas can pledge to drive less and earn rewards through King County Metro’s In Motion program, available now through Aug. 8. The program has cut pollution and drive-alone trips across King County for more than 14 years.

A new partnership with Hopelink will help promote the program and also encourage people who speak Spanish to sign-up and participate in Kent Valley. In Bellevue, staff will reach out to riders who speak Spanish and Chinese.

This In Motion program will run spring and summer, and people can explore healthier travel options and earn rewards by giving their car a break and taking the bus, walking, bicycling, carpooling, and more.

Participants who register and log their weekly trips will be entered in the weekly drawings for gift cards to local businesses, and a chance at two grand prize drawings. 
 

The South Bellevue prizes include:

  • South Bellevue Community Center - “High Ropes Adventure” Challenge Course for two adults + smoothie gift certificate ($125 value)
  • Tickets for two to a Seattle Sounders Game + $50 Gift Certificate to Pyramid Ale House ($125 value).

The Kent Valley prizes include: 

  • A Cycle Therapy Bike Retailer Gift Certificate (worth $125)
  • Tickets for two to a Seattle Sounders Game + $50 Gift Certificate to Pyramid Ale House ($125 value).

This project is funded with federal grants intended to increase the use of transit, carpooling, biking and walking.

Since 2004, In Motion has reached over 25,000 people in 40 King County neighborhoods. Participants have reduced over 3.2 million miles of drive alone trips and kept almost 1,500 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

In Motion provides people throughout the county with tools and information on how they can explore their travel options. Many program materials, as well as many of Metro’s brochures, are translated into both Spanish and Chinese to reduce barriers to participating in the program.

To learn more and to sign up, visit In Motion’s website, or call 206-477-2005. Residents can sign up until August 8, 2018 to receive a free ORCA transit card good for two weeks of unlimited rides.

Construction on NE 8th to replace Kelsey Creek culvert

Bellevue Utilities will begin construction in early June to replace the Kelsey Creek culvert under Northeast Eighth Street. This work will ensure the long-term safety of the roadway, protect critical utilities and improve fish passage.

map of Kelsey Creek Culvert

Carrying over 23,000 vehicles a day, Northeast Eighth Street is an important route for residents of Bellevue and regional commuters, and it provides a corridor for underground utilities such as water and gas lines. The safety and reliability of this street is a priority for the city. 

Replacing the culvert will require significant work on Northeast Eighth Street between 132nd and 134th avenues, including:

  • Lane closures June to November, resulting in a single lane of traffic in each direction. Expect delays.
  • 12-day full closure with detour routes in early August

Crews will work 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday during the lane closures. During the 12-day full closure, crews will work 7 a.m.-8 p.m., in order to complete the work as quickly as possible. 

For more information and to sign up for alerts, visit the project web page.

Published on 05/18/2018

Council Roundup: Transportation projects moving forward

On Monday, the City Council provided direction on two important transportation projects during an extended study session. The city will move forward on a trail project along Interstate 90 and defer work to add a high-occupancy vehicle lane on Bellevue Way Southeast until funding becomes available. 

Expected to be formally approved on next week’s consent agenda is a $17.5 million Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail project, the first phase of work to fill a three-mile long gap in the regional trail along I-90, in the Eastgate area. In March, it was confirmed that Bellevue will receive $14 million in state funding to construct trail crossings over the Factoria Boulevard Southeast, I-90 and I-405 off-ramps, plus other improvements. Additional funding will come from a $2 million cost-sharing agreement with the state Department of Transportation and $1.5 million in city funds — savings from a 120th Avenue Northeast roadway project that came in under budget. 

Construction of the long-planned trail crossings project is expected to begin in late 2018 and finish in 2020. Funding to complete the rest of the trail in Bellevue has not yet been secured. 

In addition, early design work for a southbound HOV lane on Bellevue Way Southeast has reached the 30 percent level of completion. Although money has been budgeted to finish the design, construction of the project’s first phase is expected to cost $22 million, and that funding has not yet been allocated. 

The council decided to defer additional work until 2021-2022, with construction to follow as funding becomes available in the capital budget. The design work that’s already been done would still be applicable. 

When fully funded, the project will include a new 12-foot-wide, southbound HOV lane, two 11-foot-wide general-purpose lanes to replace the existing ones, and a five-foot wide planter at the base of a retaining wall. It will run from near the historic Winters House to the future South Bellevue light rail station (formerly a park-and-ride lot). There, it will connect to the section of Bellevue Way, including an HOV lane that extends to I-90, now being built by Sound Transit. 

More information on the transportation projects is available in the agenda packet materials.

Weekday construction traffic impacts: May 21-25

I-90

Updated time: Monday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.: In order to safely construct columns and column caps for the East Link elevated guideway in south Bellevue, Sound Transit's contractor plans to close all ramps from I-90 to Bellevue Way Southeast. Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90.

Bellevue Way Southeast

In order to work in the eastside curb lane while maintaining two lanes of traffic in the peak direction (northbound 6-10 a.m. and southbound 2-6 p.m.) crews will use the 'southbound center lane' as a reversible traffic lane. At times, northbound vehicles will travel in what is normally a southbound lane.

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Work is set to begin on the light rail trench and guideway adjacent to Bellevue Way Southeast, between the South Bellevue Station site and the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast. Throughout the project, two lanes will be maintained in the peak direction: northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon. Sound Transit's contractor will use cones and lane delineators to guide traffic along Bellevue Way Southeast. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination. More info on what to expect can be found at the East Link long-term and ongoing closures page.

112th Avenue Southeast

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Daily closures of one northbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Bellevue Way Southeast and Main Street.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Daily closures of one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th Street.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As needed, in order to complete utility work and facilitate wall construction, Sound Transit's contractor may close one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Southeast 8th Street and Bellevue Way Southeast.


Night work at I-90 in Bellevue

Starting Monday, April 16, crews with Sound Transit's contractor initiated night work to construct columns and column caps in advance of elevated guideway construction in south Bellevue. Night work supporting this activity is expected to last for eight weeks.

Work hours:  Monday-Thursday (Friday morning) 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Equipment: Cranes, concrete trucks, concrete pump rigs, light plants, generators and aerial lifts

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, steel beam erection, concrete trucks and associated equipment while crews set steel falsework, forms, install steel rebar cages, place concrete in forms and remove forms. Equipment/vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms. Sound Transit's contractor is permitted to work expanded hours along Bellevue Way Southeast, including 24-hour work in the area south of the future South Bellevue Station site.

Traffic impacts: (Updated time) The work will require the closure of all I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast ramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the closure of the I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast ramps, all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90.


Sheet pile removal 112th

Sheet pile removal map.Sound Transit's contractor has completed soil stabilization work adjacent to 112th Avenue Southeast. Soil stabilization began in early August, following installation of a temporary sheet pile barrier.

Sound Transit's contractor started removing the sheet pile barrier on Tuesday, May 15th. Removal is expected to take approximately four weeks.

What to expect

  • Anticipated work hours are 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday-Friday, but crews are able to work until 6 p.m., as needed.
  • Crews will use a vibratory hammer to pull the sheets from the ground.
  • Heavy machinery: excavators, loaders, hydraulic vibratory hammers.
  • Noise: There will be significant noise from vibratory pulling of the sheet piles and associated equipment, but only during daytime hours. The noise will be similar, but not as intense as what was experienced during installation.

Reminder of ongoing closures

For information on previously announced long-term and ongoing closures click here.

  • Bellevue Way Southeast reversible lane configuration
  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp 120 day closure
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

Construction Alert: Overlake Village Station 5/18

Girder setting requires ramp and street closures at 148th Avenue Northeast and SR 520

Starting tonight, May 15, crews working to build Sound Transit's East Link project will begin installing concrete girders between future elevated guideway columns in Redmond's Overlake neighborhood. Mobile cranes will be at work along SR 520 at 148th Avenue Northeast from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

Ramp and street closure schedule

Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17: The 148th Street on-ramp to eastbound SR 520 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Thursday, May 17 – Saturday, May 19: The eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to northbound 148th Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Friday, May 18 – Saturday, May 19: The HOV lane on eastbound SR 520 at 148th Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 23: 148th Avenue Northeast at SR 520 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24: SR 520 exit ramp to southbound 148th Avenue Northeast from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Construction alert: Bel-Red Station - Starting 5/19

One-way traffic on 136th Place Northeast in Bellevue

Beginning as early as Saturday, May 19, lasting approximately two years, Sound Transit's contractor crews will close the southbound lane of 136th Place Northeast. All traffic on 136th Place Northeast will travel north from Northeast Spring Boulevard towards Northeast 20th Street. No traffic will be allowed on the southbound lane of 136th Place Northeast. This closure is necessary to install utilities and light rail infrastructure.

What to expect:

  • Only one-way traffic on 136th Place Northeast, all traffic will travel north from Northeast Spring Boulevard.
  • No right or left turns onto 136th Place Northeast from Northeast 20th Street.
  • Driveway access will be maintained to businesses on 136th Place Northeast.
  • No vehicular traffic will be allowed on the southbound lane of 136th Place Northeast.
  • All traffic control plans have been reviewed and approved by the City of Bellevue.
  • Crews will maintain a safe and secure work zone.
  • Construction schedule is subject to change.

Weekday construction traffic impacts: May 14-18

I-90

Monday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 9:15 p.m. to 5:15 a.m.: In order to safely construct columns and column caps for the East Link elevated guideway in south Bellevue, Sound Transit's contractor plans to close all ramps from I-90 to Bellevue Way Southeast. Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90.

Bellevue Way Southeast

In order to work in the eastside curb lane while maintaining two lanes of traffic in the peak direction (northbound 6-10 a.m. and southbound 2-6 p.m.) crews will use the 'southbound center lane' as a reversible traffic lane. At times, northbound vehicles will travel in what is normally a southbound lane.

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Work is set to begin on the light rail trench and guideway adjacent to Bellevue Way Southeast, between the South Bellevue Station site and the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast. Throughout the project, two lanes will be maintained in the peak direction: northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon. Sound Transit's contractor will use cones and lane delineators to guide traffic along Bellevue Way Southeast. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination. More info on what to expect can be found at the East Link long-term and ongoing closures page.

Bellevue Way to 112th Avenue Southeast

Sunday, May 13, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: The turn lane from northbound Bellevue Way Southeast to northbound 112th Avenue Southeast will be closed. Drivers will need to follow posted detour signs. The detour route will be north on Bellevue Way Southeast, east on Main Street and south on 112th Avenue Southeast.

112th Avenue Southeast

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Daily closures of one northbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Bellevue Way Southeast and Main Street.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Daily closures of one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th Street.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As needed, in order to complete utility work and facilitate wall construction, Sound Transit's contractor may close one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Southeast 8th Street and Bellevue Way Southeast.


Night work at I-90 in Bellevue

Starting Monday, April 16, crews with Sound Transit's contractor initiated night work to construct columns and column caps in advance of elevated guideway construction in south Bellevue. Night work supporting this activity is expected to last for eight weeks.

Work hours: Monday-Thursday (Friday morning) 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Equipment: Cranes, concrete trucks, concrete pump rigs, light plants, generators and aerial lifts

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, steel beam erection, concrete trucks and associated equipment while crews set steel falsework, forms, install steel rebar cages, place concrete in forms and remove forms. Equipment/vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms. Sound Transit's contractor is permitted to work expanded hours along Bellevue Way Southeast, including 24-hour work in the area south of the future South Bellevue Station site.

Traffic impacts: The work will require the closure of all I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast ramps from 9:15 p.m. to 5:15 a.m. During the closure of the I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast ramps, all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90.

You’re invited! Join us May 20 to celebrate the SR 520 Trail

The SR 520 Trail opened across Lake Washington last December, and since then, bicyclists and pedestrians have taken over 70,000 trips on the trail! Now that the weather is warming up, we want to celebrate this project milestone with an informal ribbon-cutting event on Sunday, May 20 – "520 Day!"