Choose Your Way Bellevue News and Updates

City of Bellevue News Release: Revised closure for Northeast 8th Street

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, all lanes of Northeast Eighth Street between 132nd and 134th avenues will be closed due to Bellevue Utilities replacing the Kelsey Creek culvert under the street. Initial estimates anticipated a 17-day closure but excavation of the site has revealed the need for a more complex and extended demolition process. Work will likely be completed by Sept. 16.

Building a new culvert under Northeast Eighth Street will ensure the long-term safety of the roadway which carries more than 23,000 vehicles a day, protect critical utilities and improve fish passage in Kelsey Creek which flows under the road.

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 transportation route is a priority for the City of Bellevue.

Details the travelling public should know, include:

  • No through traffic will be possible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the closure. Detour routes will be available.

  • Local access to neighborhoods will be maintained on 132nd and 134th avenues. Uniformed police officers will be present to prevent cut-through traffic.

  • King County Metro bus stops in the work zone will be temporarily closed.

During the 33-day full closure, crews will work from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in order to complete the work as quickly as possible. The detour route map shows how drivers can get around the work zone during the full closure.

For more information and to sign up for alerts, visit the project website at BellevueWA.gov/KelseyCreekCulvert.

SoundTransit Construction Alert: South Bellevue

In this alert:

  • Changes coming to 112th Ave SE
  • Weekday construction traffic impacts
  • Reminder of ongoing closures

112th Ave SE temporary bypass road construction

Crews are preparing for the next phase of light rail construction on 112th Ave SE. Beginning next week, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin construction of the temporary bypass road near Bellefield Residential. When completed, the bypass road will carry traffic during construction of the road over rail undercrossing. Work to construct the bypass road is expected to last for approximately three months.

 

24 hours. During construction of the bypass road, 112th Ave SE will be reduced to one lane in each direction near SE 15th. People walking will continue to use the sidewalk on the east side of 112th Ave SE. The map below, details what people walking, driving and riding bikes can expect. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination.

Map of 112th Ave SE bypass August 2018


Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, Aug. 6 – Friday, Aug. 10

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 SE, between the South Bellevue Station site and the Wye at 112th Avenue SE. 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 SE. 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 click page.

112th Avenue Southeast

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


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
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

For more information

City of Bellevue News Release: Bellevue pilots electric-assisted bike share

In addition to seeing more green-painted bikeways in Bellevue, starting this week you’ll see more green bicycles as part of the city’s one-year bike share pilot. Bellevue’s is the first bike share system in the Pacific Northwest to feature exclusively electric-assisted bicycles (also called e-bikes) and a network of preferred parking areas. 

“The city’s bike share pilot aims to provide people who live in, work in and visit Bellevue with more choices about how they get where they want to go,” said Transportation Director Dave Berg. “Bellevue has a lot of hills, so we’re focusing on e-bikes to make riding an option for as many people as possible across the city.” 

An electric motor provides a boost while pedaling, so riders can go anywhere without breaking a sweat. The motor provides assistance up to 15 miles per hour. The green bikes are owned and operated by Lime, a private company based in San Mateo, California.

“We are thrilled to welcome the City of Bellevue to the Lime family,” said Isaac Gross, Lime’s general manager for Puget Sound. “Providing mobility choices to help people get around is a core value, and we are couldn’t be more pleased to be launching here today.”

To help manage where bikes are left and to maintain orderly public spaces, white boxes are painted on sidewalks throughout downtown to mark preferred parking areas, called “bike hubs.” Users are encouraged to park bicycles at bike hubs when ending a ride, and Lime will regularly relocate bikes to these areas to provide reliable service. Additional bike hubs are coming to other neighborhoods later this summer, including Crossroads, Eastgate and Factoria.

Bike share bicycles can be located and unlocked using Lime’s mobile app. Lime’s e-bikes cost $1 to rent plus 15 cents per minute of use. Discount rates are available to those qualify. Lime has more information.

The city is asking bike share users to be courteous of other street users, yield to pedestrians when riding on sidewalks and always wear a helmet when bicycling in Bellevue. When parking, bike share users should not block walkways or curb ramps, which can significantly impact mobility for others, especially people with disabilities. Parked bikes also should not block vehicle travel lanes, building entrances, driveways or bus stop loading areas. When in doubt, a bike rack is always an appropriate place to leave any bicycle.

Lime obtained a permit to use the public right of way to provide bike share services subject to specific conditions defined by the city. The permit conditions include requirements related to safety, parking and operations. The Transportation Department will collect data from the GPS-enabled bikes to support permit oversight and performance evaluation, and to help determine where it should invest more in streets and sidewalks.

To obtain a permit, Lime paid a fee that reimburses the city for various one-time and ongoing costs associated with oversight and management. The service is being provided at no cost to the city. The one-year pilot will help inform next steps for bike share in Bellevue.

For specific questions about the pilot, contact Andreas Piller, associate transportation planner and bike share manager, (APiller@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-2931).

Free parking, shuttle to SE 40th Boat Launch for Seafair

Bellevue Parks & Community Services will offer free parking and shuttle service to the Southeast 40th Street Boat Launch over Seafair weekend. The parking and shuttle will be available at the lower parking lot of Newport High School, 4333 Factoria Blvd., 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5.

Parks staff and Bellevue police officers will be at the boat launch to assist boaters and ensure safety.

 

The launch fee is $17 for non-season pass holders. The three-day launch pass is not valid over Seafair weekend. To accommodate incoming boats, no launching will be permitted after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Safety reminders

  • Children age 12 and under must wear personal flotation devices while on boats under 19 feet long.
  • All boats should have personal flotation devices for everyone aboard.
  • It is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages while operating watercraft.

Published on 07/31/2018

Construction alert: Mercer Island Station - 7/31/18

View of the Mercer Island Station's 77th Avenue head house.

Station construction continues on Mercer Island and upcoming I-90 ramp closures

Progress continues on the station's two head houses as steel supports have begun reaching for the sky. At the 77th Avenue head house, steel decking has been installed to prepare for concrete slab pours that will become the building's various levels. The 80th Avenue head house will begin to take shape as structural steel will begin to arrive on site.

To safely maneuver the steel around the construction site, crews will close the Island Crest Way HOV on- and off-ramps during off-peak hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, during the following days and times:

Aug. 1 – 3, Eastbound Island Crest Way HOV off-ramp

Drivers can use the West Mercer Way and 77th Avenue eastbound off-ramps during these closures.

Aug. 13 - 31, Eastbound Island Crest Way HOV off-ramp and Westbound Island Crest Way HOV on-ramp

Drivers can use the West Mercer Way and 76th Avenue Southeast westbound on-ramps and the West Mercer Way and 77th Avenue eastbound off-ramps during these closures.

Closures are planned to occur daily but may happen sporadically. Drivers should pay attention to signage and overhead reader boards for more information.

Map of Island Crest Way eastbound HOV ramp closures.Map of Island Crest Way eastbound and westbound ramp closures.


East Link construction begins Aug. 6 at Mercer Island Boat Launch

Beginning as early as Monday, Aug. 6, Sound Transit's contractor will begin mobilizing equipment and fencing at the Mercer Island Boat Launch. Crews will use approximately 14 parking spaces for staging and construction area as work continues to seismically retrofit the East Channel Bridge.

This will include excavating bridge pier footings, installing steel stiffeners to the bridge's box girders and wrapping the piers with fiber reinforced polymer. This work will reduce the structure's seismic vulnerability in a seismic event and prepare the East Channel Bridge for future East Link operation.
 
Approximately 14 spaces will be unavailable and access to remaining parking spaces and the boat launch will be maintained throughout construction. The parking area will be restored to existing conditions once work is complete.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Work is anticipated to last through November 2018. Crews may return at a later date to complete planting and landscaping.
  • Construction vehicles and crew members entering and exiting the work zone during typical work hours. Vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists should follow signed detours and flaggers to safely access your destination.
  • Construction fencing, construction trailers, lighting and signage delineating the construction site will be in place.
  • Suspended work decks will also be installed below the East Channel Bridge and will be visible from the boat launch area.
  • Approximately 14 parking spaces will be unavailable during this time. Remaining parking will be available throughout construction. The boat launch will continue to be accessible.
  • Potential intermittent noise and vibration from construction activities may be noticeable.

Plan ahead for Seafair Weekend

To prepare for Seafair Weekend, Sound Transit's contractor will halt work on the I-90 floating bridge during the Blue Angels' rehearsals and weekend performances. Both directions of I-90 will be closed between I-5 in Seattle and Island Crest Way on Mercer Island, during the following days and times:

Thursday, Aug. 2; 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; 1 – 2:45 p.m. (practices)

Friday, Aug. 3; 12:55 – 2:45 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 4; 12:55 – 2:45 p.m.

Sunday Aug. 5; 12:55 – 2:45 p.m.


For more information

2018 - I-90 Seafair and Blue Angels Closures

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe and to minimize distractions. 

Exactly where and when will I-90 be closed? 

The mainlines of I-90 will be closed between I-5 in Seattle and Island Crest Way on Mercer Island:

  • Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; 1- 2:45 p.m. (practices)
  • Friday, Aug. 3:  12:55 - 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 : 12:55 - 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 5:  12:55 - 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Pedestrian access to I-90: 

The bridge highrises will still be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. However, no one on foot or bike can travel beyond the highrises up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times. 

Which ramps will be closed? 

Several I-90 and I-5 ramps will close 30 minutes to one hour before practice and Seafair Air Show times.

Mercer Island ramps to close:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to 90 minutes beforehand).
  • East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to 60 minutes beforehand).
  • Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • 76th Avenue to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).

Seattle ramps to close up to 30 minutes prior:

  • Northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90.
  • Southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90.
  • Northbound Rainier Avenue South to eastbound I-90.
  • Southbound Rainier Avenue South to eastbound I-90.

What specific regulation forces the closure of I-90? 

The FAA requires a safety zone around and below the area where the Blue Angels practice and perform. These horizontal and vertical restrictions are in place to protect the public, property and pilots. This zone, also called "the box," covers part of Lake Washington and the floating bridges - hence the closure. Additionally, keeping drivers off the bridge while the Blue Angels are in the air keeps drivers from being distracted and prevents collisions on the bridge. 

Why does the bridge close before the Blue Angels actually perform? 

Before each performance the Blue Angels will be in the air, but will not perform specific maneuvers. The bridge closes because it still poses a safety concern. 

How will I know when the road is actually closed? 

WSDOT will use variable message signs on I-5 and I-90 to countdown to the closures.  We will also use social media such as Twitter to alert travelers. We strongly advise motorists to plan alternate routes in advance. Please do not expect to cross the bridge at the last minute. Congestion and unexpected delays on the roadway may leave you in your car sitting in traffic waiting out the performance. 

Will the State Route 520 floating bridge be affected? 

The SR 520 floating bridge will remain open to traffic and tolls will be collected according to the rate schedule . Infrequent users of the SR 520 bridge may want to consider setting up a short-term Good To Go! account  for Seafair weekend. Drivers crossing SR 520 should expect heavy traffic, significant delays and plan for additional time to cross the lake. 

Who will keep people and vehicles off the roadway during the performance? 

WSDOT works with Washington State Patrol to control on-ramps and 
off-ramps and keep pedestrians off I-90. The Washington State Patrol will open the roadway as soon as safely possible after the performances are finished. WSDOT’s Incident Response Teams will also patrol I-90, I-405 and SR 520 to keep these alternate routes free of disabled vehicles so traffic will move as freely as possible. 

I live on Mercer Island, how will I be affected? 

Drivers who need to get around Mercer Island should follow signs for detour routes. Most roads will be open for local access only. 

What if I have a medical emergency and I need to get to Harborview Medical Center or Children’s Hospital? 

Emergency vehicles will have access to the I-90 center roadway if needed. 

Where can I get more information? 

Seafair: http://www.seafair.com

Construction alert: East Link Extension - 7/26/18

Aerial of the I-90 floating bridge.

Reminder: I-90 westbound closed overnight this weekend

Westbound I-90 lanes will close at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 28 until 7 a.m. Sunday, July 29 and from 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29 until 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 30. Westbound I-90 will be closed between Island Crest Way on Mercer Island and I-5 in Seattle as crews post-tension the Homer Hadley floating bridge. Crews will begin closing ramps and lanes beginning at 8.pm. and will begin reopening lanes beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday and 4:30 a.m. on Monday.

Please Note: Additional weeknight closures may be necessary to complete this work and have been approved for:

  • Monday July 30 – Thursday Aug. 2 (10:30 p.m. – 4:30 a.m., nightly)
  • Monday Aug. 6 – Thursday Aug. 9 (10:30 p.m. – 4:30 a.m., nightly)

If these closures are necessary, additional notice will be provided. Drivers should pay attention to ramp signage and overhead reader boards for more information.

Vehicles traveling westbound during the closures will exit the roadway at Island Crest Way. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes to cross Lake Washington during these closures. Emergency vehicles will continue to have access to westbound I-90 during these closures.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Westbound I-90 between Island Crest Way and I-5, will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday and from 10:30 p.m. Sunday until 4:30 a.m. Monday during the weekend of July 28 – July 30.
  • Westbound I-90 between Island Crest Way and I-5, may also close during weeknights, Monday July 30 – Thursday Aug. 2, and Monday Aug. 6 – Thursday Aug. 9, from 10:30 p.m. each night until 4:30 a.m. the following morning. Additional notice will be provided if these closures are necessary. Drivers should pay attention to ramp signage and overhead reader boards for more information.
  • Vehicles, lights, generators and work crews will be visible on the floating bridge.
  • ST 550 and 554 buses with service after 11 p.m., will terminate at the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride before returning to eastbound I-90. Buses will not serve the westbound Rainier Flyer Stop in Seattle after 11 p.m.

For more information

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 7/25/18

  • Nighttime girder installation,
  • Weekday construction traffic impacts,
  • Reminder of ongoing closures

Precast concrete girder installation

Girder installation is underway in south Bellevue. Starting last week, crews began installing pre-cast concrete girders. The current phase of girder installation is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Precast concrete girders, measuring 80-120 feet long and each weighing up to 205,000 pounds, will be trucked in and lifted into place using large mobile cranes. Once installed, the girders will serve as the foundation for much of East Link's aerial guideway and station in South Bellevue. Anticipated work hours will be 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

Girder installation work area map.

Girder installation work area.

Noise/light: Temporary light plants will be used to illuminate the work area. There will be noise from cranes, lifts, light plants and associated equipment while crews set concrete girders. Vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms. Crane backup alarms are tonal, but they will be used infrequently.

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. The allowable noise threshold is based on average construction noise produced over each one-hour period. There may be moments during an hour when construction noise exceeds the hourly average, but crews will take measures to stay below the average hourly threshold. Please contact East Link outreach with any feedback on nighttime noise.

For after-hours issues that need immediate attention, Sound Transit maintains a 24-hour construction hotline.

Anticipated girder installation schedule:

July 25-27: Wednesday-Thursday (Friday morning): South Bellevue Station site

Construction crews will use cranes to place girders between columns.

Construction crews will use cranes to place girders between columns.


Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, July 30 – Friday, Aug. 3

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.


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

For more information

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Celebrate city’s first downtown bikeway July 31

The first bike lanes running the length of downtown Bellevue are up and accommodating riders. Now it’s time to celebrate (video). 

The Downtown Demonstration Bikeway on 108th Avenue is intended to make riding safer and more comfortable. It separates bicycles from vehicles using lane dividers, temporary curbs, planter boxes, green pavement markings and other safety devices. 

Residents, downtown workers and others are invited to mark the opening of the bikeway. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the parking lot of Bellevue Corporate Plaza, 600 108th Ave. NE, across the street from the Bellevue Transit Center. 

Attendees can take free rides on an electric bike (18 and older, or 16 with parental consent), get a free helmet (while supplies last; 50 available) and enjoy food and drinks courtesy of several local eateries. There will also be booths sponsored by businesses and non-profits, brief remarks by distinguished supporters and a ribbon-cutting at noon. 

“As a bike rider who lives near downtown, I am looking forward to how this bikeway will make it easier for anyone to bike downtown,” said Mayor John Chelminiak. “Through this demonstration bikeway project, we can determine what works well and how to adapt this model to expand bike lanes, that are safe and comfortable, elsewhere in the city.”

In addition to safety, the bikeway helps fill a gap in the bicycle network, providing a connection between the regional Interstate 90 Trail south of downtown and the SR 520 Trail to the north.

Last year, the city hosted an open house, held pop-up events and met three times with the Bellevue Downtown Association to collect feedback on the proposed bikeway. An online survey generated approximately 1,200 responses and indicted a clear preference for a bikeway on 108th Avenue. 

The concept for the bikeway stems from the city’s 2009 Pedestrian-Bicycle Plan, which identified the need for a priority bicycle corridor downtown. Early this year the City Council and Transportation Commission agreed to move forward with the bikeway on 108th Avenue. 

The demonstration status of the project provides flexibility. It uses relatively low-cost materials, allows for rapid installation and offers a real-world opportunity to test its design and durability. Transportation staff will observe the project closely, make changes as needed and collect data for use in future projects. 

The bikeway’s construction contract of $365,933 plus taxes is fully funded by the 2016 Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy. It’s one of several bicycle facility projects backed by the levy that are being built this year across the city. 

The City of Bellevue organized the celebration in partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association, TransManage, Bellevue Corporate Plaza, King County Metro and Sound Transit. Event sponsors include: Caffe Ladro, Cascade Bicycle Club, Choose Your Way Bellevue, Evergreens Salad, Gregg’s Bellevue Cycle, Jimmy John’s, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, Kind, LimeBike, The Melting Pot, Nuun Hydration, Rad Power Bikes, REI Co-op and Wheel Lab. 

Construction alert: Bellevue Downtown Station - 7/24/18

 

East link

112th Avenue NE lane closures in downtown Bellevue 

Drives should be aware of upcoming lane closures starting Tuesday, July 24th on 112th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 6th and Northeast 4th streets. In preparation for the elevated railway, one left northbound lane and one left southbound lane on 112th Avenue Northeast will be closed between Northeast 4th and Northeast 6th streets for two-day shifts to strip horizontal structures over 112th Avenue NE.  

What to expect?

  • Approved work hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  
  • The work is expected to take approximately two days to complete.
  • The crew will have noise control measures in place while the work is occurring.
  • Uniform Police Officers will be made available for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

For more information