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King County Metro Fare Change Alert - July 1

Far Alert!

Effective July 1, Metro Buses will convert to a single Adult fare of $2.75, anytime, anywhere. 1-Zone/2-Zone fares and peak/off-peak fares will no longer apply. OCRCA LIFT, Youth, RRFP, child fares, Access, Seattle Streetcar, and Water Taxi fares will not change.

For more details please visit Metro Online at www.Kingcounty.gov/metro

Eastlink Extension Project Update:

Rail welding begins and station construction continues on Mercer Island

Now that rail has arrived on Mercer Island, track welding has begun. The 80-foot-long sections of track, called 'sticks,' are welded together into 560- and 800-foot-long sections, known as 'strings'. Crews work in an assembly line to weld, grind and inspect the thousands of 'flash butt' welds. Once installed, crews will use thermite welding to seamlessly join the longer rail sections together. Check out the photos below to learn more about the welding process.

Mercer Island rail welding 1

Rails are placed on rollers that stretch along the work zone (left). Once enough footage has been welded together, the finished rails are stockpiled for future installation (right).

Mercer Island rail welding 2

Workers inspect the rail and align two sticks to be welded together (left). A computerized welding machine ensures welds are precisely aligned (right).

Mercer Island rail weld grinding

Afterward, the welds are ground to remove small amounts of excess material leftover from the welding process.

Mercer Island rail weld inspection

Welds are inspected as the rails are moved along on wood rollers.


77th Avenue head house begins to take shape

Crews have also begun installing structural steel for the 77th Avenue head house. These pre-fabricated steel beams provide the skeleton for the rest of the head house structure. The steel beams are lowered into place using a crane as crews use cross beams to stabilize and finally weld together. Decking will then be installed before concrete slabs are poured to form the various floors within the head house. Structural steel will soon be installed at the 80th Avenue head house.

Mercer Island rail welding crossbeams

Workers weld steel cross beams to form the head house's structure.

Mercer Island rail lowering crossbeams

Workers lower cross beams into place.


Looking ahead

There will be no ramp or lane closures during the Independence Day holiday, from 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 until 12 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Planned closures of the East and Westbound HOV on- and off-ramps will resume on Thursday, July 5.


For more information

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 6/28/18

Traffic Impacts: Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6 (no work in roadway on July 4th)

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

Construction area map for long span aerial guideway.

Long span aerial guideway construction

What to expect: Beginning the week of June 17, crews started working night shifts within the I-90 corridor. Night work is necessary to finish the elevated columns and construct the light rail guideway. Work activity will initially be focused near columns four and five (see map). Crews will construct the pier table (the structure on top of column that supports the bridge deck) at column five and begin installing a form traveler crane that will be used to construct the long span segmental bridges.

Work hours: Overnight, Sunday-Thursday (Friday morning). Since much of this work will occur over I-90 and I-90 ramps, crews will close lanes below the work zone, restricting traffic flow on I-90.

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, hydraulic pumps, steel beam erection, concrete trucks and associated equipment while crews set steel falsework, construct forms and place concrete in forms to build the bridge span. Vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms.

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.


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 Ave Southeast
  • Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp 120 day closure
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Ave Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

For more information

Construction alert: Operations and Maintenance Facility: East - 6/26/18

 

One-Lane Temporary Traffic Control on 120th Avenue NE in BelRed area of Bellevue for sewer work:  Updated Work Hours

BelRed map

Update:  Crews are working hard to get the King County sewer by-pass work completed by Tuesday, July 3.  In order to do so, crews will be working the following 12-hour shifts, beginning Wednesday, June 27:

Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

City of Bellevue has approved these extended hours.

On Monday, June 25, Sound Transit’s contractor Hensel Phelps installed a temporary, one-lane, signalized, traffic control system on a small section of 120th Avenue NE.  Northbound and southbound traffic is controlled, one direction at a time, to one lane with a temporary signal to let traffic through (see photo). 

Crews are installing a sewer by-pass in the roadway. Traffic will re-open to two-way traffic by July 3, 2018.


For more information

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29

 

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

Construction area map for long span aerial guideway.

Long span aerial guideway construction

What to expect: Beginning the week of June 17, crews started working night shifts within the I-90 corridor. Night work is necessary to finish the elevated columns and construct the light rail guideway. Work activity will initially be focused near columns four and five (see map). Crews will construct the pier table (the structure on top of column that supports the bridge deck) at column five and begin installing a form traveler crane that will be used to construct the long span segmental bridges.

Work hours: Overnight, Sunday-Thursday (Friday morning). Since much of this work will occur over I-90 and I-90 ramps, crews will close lanes below the work zone, restricting traffic flow on I-90.

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, hydraulic pumps, steel beam erection, concrete trucks and associated equipment while crews set steel falsework, construct forms and place concrete in forms to build the bridge span. Vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms.

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.


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 Ave Southeast
  • Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp 120 day closure
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Ave Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

6/20 - Construction alert: Operations and Maintenance Facility: East

Map of lane restriction in BelRed for OMFE.

One-lane temporary traffic control on 120th Avenue Northeast in BelRed area of Bellevue for sewer work

On Monday, June 25, Sound Transit's contractor, Hensel Phelps, will install a temporary, one-lane, signalized, traffic control system on a small section of 120th Avenue Northeast. Northbound and southbound traffic will be controlled, one direction at a time, to one lane with a temporary signal to let traffic through (see photo).

Crews will be installing a sewer by-pass in the roadway. Traffic will re-open to two-way traffic in approximately two weeks.


For more information

Neighborhood levy-funded projects cranking up across Bellevue

Neighbors near the following projects funded by the Neighborhood Congestion, Connectivity and Congestion Levy may have received recent updates. We thought you’d appreciate learning about current or upcoming projects in the following areas. 

Eastgate area

  • SE 38th St., from I-90 overpass to 154th Ave. SE, bike lanes: Bike lanes on both sides of SE 38th St. from the I-90 pedestrian/bike overpass to 150th Ave, and separated bike lanes on both sides of SE 38th St from 150th Ave SE to 154 Ave SE, with an on-street pedestrian path on the north side.
  • 139th Ave. SE, from SE Eastgate Way to Kamber Road, bike lanes: Bike lanes on both sides of SE 38th St from the I-90 pedestrian/bike overpass to 150th Ave, and separated bike lanes on both sides of SE 38th St from 150th Ave SE to 154 Ave SE with an on-street pedestrian path on the north side in same location.
  • 142nd Ave. SE, from SE 36th to SE 32nd St bike project: Install conventional bike lane in the uphill (NB) direction on the east side and shared lane markings (sharrows) on the west side of 142nd from SE 36th St to SE 32nd St.

Downtown/Northtowne

  • 108th Ave. NE, from NE 12th to NE 24th St., bicycle improvements: Sharrows and wayfinding signage to identify neighborhood bike route to increase visibility of bicyclists along corridor. Also, possible traffic calming element. More information.
  • 108th Ave. NE, from Main to NE 12th St., Demonstration Bikeway: Install, as a demonstration project, designated space to ride along 108th Ave NE in downtown. Separated bike lanes, striped bike lanes, bright green pavement markings, shared lane pavement markings (sharrows). More information. Project webpage.
     

Lake Hills

  • 156th Ave SE, from SE 24th St. to Lake Hills Blvd., bike lanes: Install bicycle lanes in both directions along 156th Ave., from SE 24th St to Lake Hills Blvd in coordination with the city's Overlay Program. NOTE: No Parking signs to be installed on both sides of 156th Ave SE from SE 24th to north of SE 16th St. Construction begins summer 2018. More information.
     

Wilburton

  • Wilburton area sidewalk projects: Construct sidewalk on the west side of 128th Ave. SE/NE, from SE 6th Place to NE 2nd Street; complete missing section of sidewalk on east side of 118th Ave SE, south of Main Street; construct sidewalk on north side of NE 2nd Street, between 124th and 128th Ave NE; replace traffic circle with curb bump outs at the 128th Ave. SE and SE 4th Place intersection; install rectangular rapid flashing beacons at 124th Ave. NE and NE 2nd St intersection. Place sharrows pavement markings on both sides of 128th Ave SE/NE and NE 2nd Street within the project limits. Coordination with Bellevue School District. More information.
     

Coming in fall 2018

  • 112th Avenue NE, from NE 12th Street to north city limits, pedestrian/Bicycle improvements: Bike facilities in both directions, two new pedestrian crossings and a new northbound left-turn lane at the intersection of 112th Ave NE and NE.24th Street. Construction expected to start fall 2018. More information.
  • 156th Ave NE corridor, pedestrian safety and connectivity improvements: New midblock crosswalk at NE 1st Street with flashing beacon; install sidewalk from NE 1st Place to NE 1st Street; enhance existing midblock crossing at NE 4th Street with new flashing beacon; relocate existing midblock crossing to south of NE 6th Street intersection and new flashing beacon. Construction expected to begin fall 2018.  More information.
     

Funding from the Neighborhood Congestion, Connectivity and Congestion Levy supports existing programs within the Transportation Department and allows for more neighborhood projects such as crosswalks, sidewalks, speed radar signs, bicycle lanes, pedestrian pathways and sidewalk and trail maintenance. The levy also funds projects for safety and traffic management technology and neighborhood congestion reduction. Project funding includes planning, design, construction and public outreach. 

For more about the levy program and current projects, go to bellevuewa.gov/transportationlevy. For specific questions, please email transportationlevy@bellevuewa.gov so that your feedback can be shared with the appropriate Program Manager.

King County Metro Fare Change Alert! - July 1

Effective July 1, Metro Buses will convert to a single Adult fare of $2.75, anytime, anywhere. 1-Zone/2-Zone fares and peak/off-peak fares will no longer apply.

OCRCA LIFT, Youth, RRFP, child fares, Access, Seattle Streetcar, and Water Taxi fares will not change.

If you ride Community Transit, Pierce Transit, or Sound Transit, please check their websites for specific fare information.

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 6/12/18

  • Weekday construction traffic impacts
  • Night work near I-90
  • Reminder of ongoing closures

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Sunday, June 17 – Friday, June 22

I-90

Sunday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 9 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. Drivers should use the general purpose lanes during this time.

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

Long span aerial guideway construction map.

Long span aerial guideway construction

Crews are set to start construction of the elevated guideway and light rail bridge over I-90. 

What to expect: Beginning the week of June 17, crews will begin working night shifts within the I-90 corridor. Night work is necessary to finish the elevated columns and construct the light rail guideway. Work activity will initially be focused near columns four and five (see inset map). Crews will construct the pier table (the structure on top of column that supports the bridge deck) at column five and begin installing a form traveler at column four.

Form traveler construction: Form travelers are frequently used in balanced cantilever cast-in-place segmental bridge construction. This construction method utilizes a pair of form travelers which will be anchored to the top of the column pier cap. One form traveler will be installed on each side of the pier cap. While each traveler is a separate unit, they will operate as a pair. Once the travelers are installed, crews will build bridge sections moving at an equal pace outward from the column. As work progresses on long span bridges, the traveler will be moved from column four to column five and eventually the bridge spans will connect in the middle of the span. When complete, three bridges spanning 245' to 360' will form the East Link light rail guideway over I-90 and the I-90 ramps to Bellevue Way Southeast. 

The American Segmental Bridge Institute published an animation which illustrates segmental bridge construction using form travelers.

Top drawings illustrate form traveler setup and bottom images show examples of form travelers in use.

Top drawings illustrate form traveler setup and bottom images show examples of form travelers in use

Work hours: Overnight, Sunday-Thursday (Friday morning). Since much of this work will occur over I-90 and I-90 ramps, crews will close lanes below the work zone, restricting traffic flow on I-90.

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, hydraulic pumps, steel beam erection, concrete trucks and associated equipment while crews set steel falsework, construct forms and place concrete in forms to build the bridge span. Vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms.

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.

Traffic impacts: Ramp and lane closures will shift as work progresses. Ramp and lane closures will be communicated in future alerts.


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

Demonstration Bikeway Leads Bevy Of Downtown Upgrades

Work is expected to begin the week of June 10 on a demonstration project to create the first bike lanes that run the length of downtown. It’s one of several projects getting underway this month downtown that will improve travel for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

The Downtown Demonstration Bikeway will run on 108th Avenue Northeast, between Main and Northeast 12th streets, providing a safer and more comfortable route for people riding to the north and south of downtown. 

Construction hours will be at night, 7 p.m.-4 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, to minimize traffic impacts. Please move safely through work zones and observe flaggers and signage. 

Work is slated to finish in early July. A celebration to mark the new bikeway is planned for Tuesday, July 31, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 600 108th Ave. NE. 

The construction cost is $365,933 and the project is fully funded by the voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy. Other nearby projects advancing this month include:

  • Northtowne Bicycle Improvements on 108th Avenue Northeast: This project is separate from the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway project but on the same street, between Northeast 12th and 24th streets. Construction could begin as early as the week of June 11 and wrap up in less than two weeks. Work hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. Bike lanes will be added on both sides of the street where space allows and the shoulders will be widened in other stretches of the road to improve walking and bicycling.

  • Raised pavement on 106th Avenue Northeast: Located at the intersection of Northeast Sixth Street, where the downtown Pedestrian Corridor crosses 106th Avenue Northeast, work includes raising the crosswalk pavement to make it safer and more comfortable for pedestrians. Construction, which began May 29 and requires a full closure of 106th Avenue until June 19, will be complete before July 27. The construction cost is $735,951.

  • Bike lane markings on 112th Avenue Northeast: Also beginning in the coming days is a project to add bike lane markings on 112th Avenue, between Northeast Eighth to 10th streets. It will take approximately six working days to complete and generate some lane closures and traffic impacts. Again, work hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. To avoid delays, please use an alternate route.

The Northtowne project is fully funded by the levy and part of a package of bicycle system improvements that were bundled together to attract lower bids on the construction contract. The total construction contract is for $294,487. Other project locations are on Southeast 38th Street, 139th Avenue Southeast and 142nd Avenue Southeast.