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From Sound Transit: Rainier Freeway Station closure

Rainier Freeway Station closure and I-90 bus changes coming Sept. 22!

As part of East Link light rail construction, the Rainier Freeway station at I-90 will close beginning on Sept. 22, 2018. It will reopen as Judkins Park Link Station in 2023. Most bus routes that currently serve the Rainier Freeway Station will bypass the area, but Routes 554, 217, and select Route 212 trips will serve new stops on Rainier Avenue South. Metro and Sound Transit will invest in lane and signal improvements to help with bus traffic flow. Frequency will decrease slightly and trip times will be adjusted to maintain on time performance.

Map of affected area

A map of current and future service changes coming Sept. 22.

Plan ahead and learn more about these changes at our online open house at I90servicechanges.participate.online. You can also keep up to date on the latest changes by joining our Service Planning, route 550, or route 554 email lists at soundtransit.org/subscribe.


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    From Sound Transit: Construction alert: East Link Extension - 9/21/18

    Nighttime construction on 156th Avenue NE south of NE 40th Street

     

    Sewer line work

    The contractor building the East Link light rail extension in the Overlake neighborhood will be installing new sewer line beneath 156th Avenue NE at night. 

    Street closure schedule

    Monday, Sept. 24 to Friday, October 19 – Southbound 156th Avenue NE at SR 520 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly.

     

    The work is scheduled at night to minimize significant traffic disruptions. Signed detour routes will be available for vehicles and pedestrians.

    156th Avenue NE nighttime work area

    Nighttime work area at 156th Avenue in the Overlake neighborhood.


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    From Sound Transit: Construction alert: East Link Extension - 9/21/18

    Night closures on I-405 in Bellevue on Sept. 24- 27

    Overnight drivers should be aware of upcoming closures on Interstate 405 in downtown Bellevue. Beginning on Monday, Sept. 24, Sound Transit's contractor will set forms on the horizontal structures in preparation for concrete pours over the highway. Work is scheduled to occur on Sept. 24-27.


    Map showing impact of concrete pours on I-405 for Sept. 24.

    Monday

    From 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., crews will close the southbound I-405 HOV lane from Northeast 10th Street to Main Street.

    The southbound Northeast 6th Street on-ramp to I-405 HOV will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Crews will also close the southbound off-ramp to Northeast 4th Street (Exit 13A) from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.


    Map showing impact of concrete pours on I-405 for Sept. 25.

    Tuesday

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

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


    Map showing impact of concrete pours on I-405 for Sept. 25 and 26.

    Wednesday and Thursday

    The northbound I-405 off-ramp to Northeast 8th Street (Exit 13B) and the northbound on-ramp to Northeast 4th Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    During the closures, drivers should follow the signed detour.


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    From Sound Transit: Construction alert: South Bellevue - 9/19/18

    In this alert:

    • Weekend closure 112th Avenue Southeast
    • Weekday construction traffic impacts
    • Night work
    • Reminder of ongoing closures

    Weekend of Sept. 29-30: Full closure of 112th Avenue Southeast between Bellevue Way Southeast and Southeast 8th Street

    Map of closure for 112th Avenue Southeast for weekend of Sept. 29, 2018.In order to pave and stripe the soon to open 112th Avenue Southeast temporary bypass road, and to safely 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, Sept. 29th from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30th

    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.


    Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, Sept. 24 – Friday, Sept. 28

    I-90

    Monday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.: In order to safely construct East Link's aerial guideway in south Bellevue, Sound Transit's contractor plans to close the southbound I-405 to westbound I-90 HOV ramp and the I-90 westbound HOV lane between I-405 and the East Chanel Bridge.

    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 southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th Street.


    Night work near I-90 and 7 a.m. start times at South Bellevue Station site continues

    Work to construct the long span light rail track over I-90 continues. Typical work hours are Monday-Friday (Saturday morning) 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. More information about long span construction can be found here.

    Crews will start their shift at 7 a.m. to complete work at the station site by 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22nd.


    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 long-term closure
    • 112th Avenue Southeast bypass road construction
    • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
    • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

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    24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

    SoundTransit - Construction alert: Bel-Red Station - 9/18/18

     

    Combination photo illustrating traffic shift on 136th Place Northeast.

    One-way traffic shift on 136th Place Northeast in Bellevue

    Beginning as early as Monday, Sept. 24 and lasting through early Spring 2019, Sound Transit's contractor crews will shift traffic to the west side of 136th Place Northeast. All traffic on 136th Place Northeast will travel north from Northeast Spring Boulevard towards Northeast 20th Street. This closure is necessary to install utilities and light rail infrastructure.

    What to expect

    • 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.
    • Contractor crews will maintain driveway access to businesses on 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.
    • The construction schedule is subject to change.

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    Sound Transit Construction Alert: East Link Extension - 9/17/18

    148th Avenue NE nighttime road and ramp closure this week

    East linkWork over traffic

    The contractor building the East Link light rail extension in the Overlake neighborhood will close 148th Avenue NE at SR 520 Wednesday and Thursday night, Sept. 19 - 20. Crews will be using cranes to install precast concrete panels on the future light rail guideway over the road. Flaggers will help pedestrians through when they consider the path safe.

    Street closure schedule

    • Wednesday, Sept. 19 - 148th Avenue NE at SR 520 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
    • Thursday, Sept. 20 – 148th Avenue NE at SR 520 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

    The 148th Avenue NE closure is part of ongoing work that includes regular SR 520 on- and off- ramp closures. Drivers should follow the signed detour routes.

    East Link Extension is a key element of the regional mass transit system approved by voters in 2008. This 14-mile light rail line will benefit local communities and support regional growth with fast, frequent and reliable light rail service, connecting Seattle to the Eastside’s biggest population and employment centers. The project builds on the Central Link light rail system running between Angle Lake and University of Washington. East Link is part of the new light rail extensions being built north, south and east from Seattle.


    For more information

    24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

    SoundTransit - Construction alert: Bel-Red Station - 9/17/18

     

    Map of Northeast 20th Street in BelRed neighborhood of Bellevue.

    Continued intersection and road closures in BelRed in Bellevue

    Starting as early as Monday, Sept. 24, and lasting through the morning of Friday, Sept. 28 Sound Transit's contractors will perform nightly intersection closures at Northeast 20th Street and 136th Place Northeast and nightly road closures of 136th Place Northeast. These nightly closures are necessary to facilitate deep trench excavation, potholing, and other exploratory construction activities.

    What to expect

    • Nightly intersection closure at Northeast 20th Street and 136th Place Northeast (recommended detours will be signed and in place).
    • Work will occur from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m., Monday – Friday.
    • Nightly road closure of 136th Place Northeast between Spring Boulevard and Northeast 20th Street.
    • Contractor crews will maintain local access on 136th Place Northeast until 10 p.m.
    • Access for pedestrians will be maintained outside of construction work zones.
    • Crews will maintain a safe and secure work zone.
    • The construction schedule is subject to change.
    • All traffic control plans are reviewed and approved by the City of Bellevue.

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    From WSDOT: Lane closures on westbound I-90 in Preston and Mercer Island, Sept. 16-22

    Contractor crews will close lanes in two separate locations along westbound I-90 throughout next week to complete some much-needed rehabilitation work. All of this is part of a larger $21.7 million project.

    Preston bridge deck repair work

    Beginning Sunday night, Sept. 16, crews will close a single lane of westbound I-90 across the Raging River Bridge, located just east of the Preston/Fall City off-ramp (exit 22), until Friday morning, Sept. 21. This around-the-clock and weather-dependent closure will give them room to grind and repave the left half of the bridge deck.

    Closure details 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21:

    • The left lane of westbound I-90 will be closed.
    • The two open lanes will be shifted to the right.
    • The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.

    Crews will complete work on the right half of the bridge Sept. 23-28, weather dependent.

    Mercer Island drainage lid & utility cover replacement work

    Beginning Monday night, Sept. 17, crews will close a single lane of westbound I-90 between Bellevue and Mercer Island to cut around 14 old drainage lids and utility covers. This work will occur nightly through Friday, Sept. 21. On Saturday, Sept. 22, they will remove the pre-cut lids and covers, and replace them with new ones that have a more permanent seal.

    Closure details 7 to 10 p.m. nightly, Monday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 21:

    • A single lane of westbound I-90 between Bellevue Way and the floating bridge will be closed.

    6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22:

    • Westbound I-90 traffic will be reduced to two lanes between Bellevue Way and the floating bridge.
    • The Bellevue Way, East Mercer Way and 76th Avenue Southeast on-ramps to westbound I-90 will be closed.

    To help minimize delays, travelers should consider taking transit, carpooling, delaying discretionary trips and using alternate routes.


    Attention I-90 bus riders: Rainier Freeway Station closing Sept. 22

    As part of Sound Transit’s East Link light rail construction, the Rainier Freeway station at I-90 will close beginning Sept. 22, 2018. It will reopen as the Judkins Park Link Station in 2023. If you catch the bus at the Rainier Freeway Station there will be changes to your travel. Plan ahead and learn more about these changes at Sound Transit’s online open house at i90servicechanges.participate.online.

     

    Mercer Island drainage lid & utility cover replacement work

    Beginning Monday night, Sept. 17, crews will close a single lane of westbound I-90 between Bellevue and Mercer Island to cut around 14 old drainage lids and utility covers. This work will occur nightly through Friday, Sept. 21. On Saturday, Sept. 22, they will remove the pre-cut lids and covers, and replace them with new ones that have a more permanent seal.

    • 7 to 10 p.m. nightly, Monday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 21:
      • A single lane of westbound I-90 between Bellevue Way and the floating bridge will be closed.
    • 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22:
      • Westbound I-90 traffic will be reduced to two lanes between Bellevue Way and the floating bridge.
      • The Bellevue Way, East Mercer Way and 76th Avenue Southeast on-ramps to westbound I-90 will be closed.

    To help minimize delays, travelers should consider taking transit, carpooling, delaying discretionary trips and using alternate routes.

    For a more comprehensive list of events and roadwork happening near you, check our Google Calendar or Weekly Travel Planner webpage.

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    Have a great weekend!

    From Sound Transit: Construction alert: South Bellevue - 9/12/18

    In this alert:

    • Weekend lane closure on Bellevue Way SE
    • Weekday construction impacts
    • Night work near I-90
    • Reminder of ongoing closures

    Weekend lane closure on Bellevue Way SE

    Saturday, September 15th, Sound Transit’s contractor will close the northbound curb lane of Bellevue Way SE. Anticipated closure hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The single lane closure is needed while crews relocate and install equipment prior to constructing a trench along Bellevue Way SE that East Link trains will travel through.


    Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, Sept. 17 – Friday, Sept. 21

    I-90

    Sunday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.: In order to safely construct East Link’s aerial guideway in south Bellevue, Sound Transit’s contractor plans to close the southbound I-405 to westbound I-90 HOV ramp and the I-90 westbound HOV lane between I-405 and the East Chanel Bridge.

    Wednesday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.: In order to install a crane, Sound Transit’s contractor plans to close the westbound I-90 to northbound I-405 HOV ramp.

    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.: As needed, daily closures of one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th Street.


    Night work near I-90

    Work to construct the long span light rail track over I-90 continues. Crews are expected to resume night shifts beginning Sunday, September 16th. Typical work hours are 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. More information about long span construction can be found here.


    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 long-term closure
    • 112th Avenue Southeast bypass road construction
    • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
    • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

    For more information