Choose Your Way Bellevue News and Updates

SoundTransit - Construction alert: Bel-Red Station - 9/5/18

 

Map of street closures in the BelRed neighborhood at Northeast 20th Street and 136th Place Northeast.

Lane closures in BelRed in Bellevue

Nighttime lane closures at Northeast 20th Street and 136th Place Northeast.

Starting as early as Tuesday, Sept. 4, and lasting through the morning of Friday, Sept. 7, Sound Transit contractor crews will perform nightly lane closures at Northeast 20th Street and 136th Place Northeast. These nightly closures are necessary to facilitate potholing and other exploratory construction activities.

What to expect

  • Nightly lane closures 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 – Thursday.
  • Local access will be maintained on 136th Place Northeast.
  • Access for pedestrians will be maintained outside of construction work zones.
  • All traffic control plans are reviewed and approved by the City of Bellevue.
  • Crews will maintain a safe and secure work zone.
  • The construction schedule is subject to change.

For more information

From King County Metro Transit - Labor Day Schedule & Weekend Events

On Labor Day, Monday, September 3, Metro Transit operates a Sunday schedule.

Metro offices, including the Customer Information phone line, and the Lost and Found and Pass Sales counters, will be closed.  If a Metro bus route does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate on Labor Day.

Some King County area transit service will be affected by community, musical, sports and construction events and activities this weekend.

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

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

Weekend highlights
Pax West
Although there may be service delays near this event venue, transit is an excellent way to get to and from the Pax West gaming event at the Washington State Convention Center. 

During this event, Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3, expect possible service delays for buses operating near the Convention Center. Additionally, Metro routes 63, 64 & 309 will be rerouted off 8th Av near the Convention Center on Friday.

Bumbershoot 
Transit service near Seattle Center may experience delays due to crowds and traffic associated with Bumbershoot, Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2.

To get directly to the festival, ride Metro bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24, 32 or 33, or the RapidRide D Line.  Routes 5, 26, 28, 40, RapidRide C and E lines and the South Lake Union Streetcar travel to within walking distance of Seattle Center. 

Trailhead Direct – seasonal weekend service to hiking trails
Metro’s Trailhead Direct routes will operate on Labor Day, September 3.

Three Trailhead Direct routes provide service to the Issaquah Alps, Mount Si & Mt Teneriffe, and Mailbox Peak trailheads.

Riding Trailhead Direct requires payment of a regular Metro fare in both directions with cash, ORCA or the Transit GO mobile app.

Hike safely.  Take plenty of water; let someone know where you are going, and be aware that cell service availability may be limited.

Sign up for Trailhead Direct service advisories under the ‘Metro Community Connections’ category, or check for updates before you go.

Saturday, September 1
Sounders FC match
Expect possible transit service delays in the downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, stadium and SODO areas due to traffic, crowds and congestion associated with a 1:00 PM Sounders FC match at CenturyLink Field.

Link light rail and most transit routes that serve downtown Seattle go to within a few blocks of CenturyLink Field, or connect with routes that do.

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day
Mariners game
Expect possible transit service delays in the SODO area due to traffic, crowds and congestion associated with a Mariners game at Safeco Field on Monday. Start time is 6:10 PM.

Link light rail and most transit routes that serve downtown Seattle go to within a few blocks of Safeco Field, or connect with routes that do. 

Metro Route 21 is rerouted off of 1st Av S between S Holgate St and Edgar Martinez Dr S, two hours after the start - and until one hour after the end - of each Mariners home game. Start and end times vary.  

Monday is Labor Day and transit service is operating on a Sunday schedule. 

WSDOT News - Hitting the road for Labor Day? Plan ahead!

From WSDOT:

Labor Day weekend is the last big weekend of summer travel, so planning ahead and being prepared for occasional congestion is crucial to a successful end-of-summer excursion.

We’ve gathered all of our best travel tools in one place to help you plan the best times to hit the road and to stay up-to-date throughout your trip!

Events this weekend:

  • Friday, Aug. 31:
    • Bumbershoot: All day at Seattle Center
    • Pax West: 10 a.m. – Midnight at Washington State Convention Center
    • Zac Brown Band: 7 p.m. at Safeco Field
  • Saturday, Sept. 1:
    • Bumbershoot: All day at Seattle Center
    • Pax West: 10 a.m. – Midnight at Washington State Convention Center
    • Sounders vs. Sporting KC: 1 p.m. at CenturyLink Field
    • Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper: 7:30 p.m. at White River Amphitheater
    • Foo Fighters: 8 p.m. at Safeco Field
  • Sunday, Sept. 2:
    • Bumbershoot: All day at Seattle Center
    • Pax West: 10 a.m. – Midnight at Washington State Convention Center
  • Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day):
    • Bumbershoot: All day at Seattle Center
    • Pax West: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Washington State Convention Center

Back to school safety

We, along with our partners in law enforcement, want to help all kids safely get to and from school each day. Washington State Patrol wrote this blog, and included a video with some great refreshers on when to stop for school buses. Remember to slow down in school zones and pay close attention for kids using the crosswalks too!

Traffic volume or crash data question?

As we finish up projects or get ready to start new ones, I’ll often get questions about traffic volumes and crash data. This information is all available through our Crash Data Portal. It allows you to search for crashes involving distracted drivers, certain types of vehicles and more! For you visual people, it isn’t just a chart of numbers – you can see the data in map and graph form, too!

Volunteers needed for our annual bicycle and pedestrian count

Each year we’ve seen an increase in the number of people who use a form of active transportation (walk, bike, scoot, etc.) during their daily commutes and each year, with your help, we track the changes in those volumes. Last year, volunteers counted 63,500 people, a four percent increase over 2016.  If you’re interested in helping with this annual tally – check out this blog with all the details on when it’s happening and how to sign up.

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

Also, be sure to stay up-to-date by:

Have a great weekend!

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 8/29/18

In this alert:

  • Weekday construction impacts
  • Reminder of ongoing closures

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Friday, Sept. 7

I-90

Wednesday-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. The closure is only expected to last one night, but may be extended to the second night. 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.

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.

112th Avenue Southeast

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.


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
  • 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

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 8/22/18

In this alert:

  • Weekday construction impacts
  • Reminder of ongoing closures

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, Aug. 27 – Friday, Aug. 31

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.


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
  • 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

Construction alert: South Bellevue - 8/15/18

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, Aug. 20 – Friday, Aug. 24

 

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.


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
  • 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

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

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

8th closure map

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15th 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