Project updates: East Link Extension

Nov 20, 2017

Intermittent 60th Ave. SE closures on Nov. 28

Map of intermittent lane closures on 60th Avenue Southeast.

Sound Transit's contractors will begin removing barrier from the Homer M. Hadley Bridge. This work is located on I-90 directly above 60th Avenue Southeast. Crews will sawcut the barrier and use a crane to lower it from I-90.

To safely complete this work, crews will intermittently close 60th Avenue Southeast from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. Traffic will be able to pass but may be temporarily stopped when the barrier is lifted from the bridge.

Here's what you can expect:

  • 60th Avenue Southeast will be intermittently closed from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28.
  • Travel will be maintained along 60th Avenue Southeast but may be stopped intermittently to safely lift the barrier from the bridge.
  • Crews will sawcut and remove barrier from the Homer M. Hadley Bridge and lower it to the roadway below.
  • Intermittent noise and vibration may be noticeable.
  • Crews will work in the existing right of way with traffic control in place. Please follow signed detours and flaggers to safely access your destination.
Nov 17, 2017

Lakeside Avenue closed Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Map of Lakeside Avenue South closure.

Beginning as early as Tuesday, Nov. 21, crews working for Sound Transit will remove concrete barrier(s) from the I-90 Bridge above Lakeside Avenue South. To safely complete this work, crews will close Lakeside Avenue below the I-90 Bridge, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Work is anticipated to last one day.
 
What to expect:

  • Lakeside Avenue South between South Parkland Place and South Day Street, will be closed from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.
  • Vehicular traffic will be detoured to Lake Washington Boulevard; please see map for more information.
  • King County Metro bus stops and routes will be maintained through the work zone.
  • Access to Day Street Park will be temporarily unavailable during this work.
  • Traffic control will be in place. Please follow signage and flaggers to safely reach your destination.
  • Crews will saw cut and remove barrier from the Homer M. Hadley Bridge and lower it to the roadway below.
  • Intermittent noise and vibration may be noticeable.
Nov 16, 2017

Upcoming I-90 ramp closures

Map illustrating lane closures on Mercer Island.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Sound Transit's contractor will install communication fiber to support the future Mercer Island station. To safely complete this work, crews will close the 80th Avenue westbound HOV off-ramp and the I-90 westbound HOV lane, adjacent to the station work zone.

80th Avenue westbound HOV off-ramp and the I-90 westbound HOV lane will be closed 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Drivers will be able to use the Island Crest Way and East Mercer Way westbound off-ramps.

What you can expect:

  • Crews will dig trenches and install fiber optic communications cable.
  • Crews will work in the existing right of way with traffic control in place. Please follow signed detours and flaggers to safely access your destination.
Nov 15, 2017

Two week closure of 152nd Avenue NE near SR 520

Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, East Link construction crews will close 152nd Avenue Northeast near State Road 520 until Tuesday, Dec. 12. This works is needed to relocate utilities ahead of light rail train guideway construction.

Map of 152nd Avenue Northeast closures.

What to expect

  • Full closure of the road around the clock from Tuesday, Nov. 28 to Tuesday, Dec. 12.
  • Assigned detour around the block will be in place for two weeks.
  • All driveways will remain open.
Nov 15, 2017

In this alert: Weekend of November 18-19, Morning work near I-90 and Sweyolocken, and Weekday construction traffic impacts

Weekend of Nov. 18-19: Bellevue Way SE and ramps to I-90 closed

Crews will continue work on drilled shafts adjacent to Bellevue Way and third-party utility crews will continue to install power and cable lines underneath Bellevue Way Southeast. Sound Transit's contractor plans to close all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast from Saturday, Nov. 18th at 5:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19th.

During the closure, all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast between the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast and I-90 will be closed. All ramps between Bellevue Way Southeast and I-90 will also be closed. Local access will be maintained to all residential driveways along Bellevue Way Southeast. Emergency access will be maintained.

Map of complete road closures on Bellevue Way Southeast south of 112 Avenue Southeast.

1. All ramps between Bellevue Way Southeast and I-90 will be closed. Vehicle access and parking at the Winters House, Blueberry Farm Sweyolocken Boat launch will be not available during the closure.
2. All lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast between the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast and I-90 will be closed. Local access will be maintained to all residential driveways along Bellevue Way Southeast. Emergency access will be maintained. 
3. The sidewalk on Bellevue Way Southeast in this area will also close; people biking and walking should seek alternate routes.
4. Bus stops on Bellevue Way Southeast, south of the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast will be closed and riders will need to use alternate stops located on Bellevue Way Southeast, north of the Wye.
5. Detour to I-90 and I-405 via 112th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 8th.

Early morning work near Sweyolocken – Nov. 18-22

Crews may begin setting traffic control and preparing the site for drilled shaft work, including excavation and grading of the drilled shaft worksite, as early as 6 a.m. Saturday, and crews may begin pouring concrete for the shaft as early as 5 a.m. on Sunday.

In order to complete necessary work and reopen the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp by 3 p.m. each day, crews may start working as early as 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20th through Wednesday, Nov. 22nd. Work in the area includes grading an access road in advance of drilled shaft construction near the ramps to I-90. Crews will minimize noisier activities to normal working hours, M-F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and equipment/vehicles will utilize broadband backup alarms. Sound Transit's contractor is permitted to work expanded hours along Bellevue Way Southeast, including 24-hour work in the area south of the future South Bellevue Station site.

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Week of Nov. 20-24

Daily lane closures on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast will be limited between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Continued from weekend-Wednesday – 24 hours: Southeast 30th east of Bellevue Way Southeast will be closed from 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 - noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd. During the closure, kayak launch access is available at Enatai Beach Park.

Monday-Wednesday 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. (open by noon on Wednesday): Daily/overnight closure of the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp. The duration of these closures may vary based on the needs of the contractor, but the ramps are expected to remain open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Daily/overnight closures of the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp are expected to continue on a regular basis throughout the project. During the closures the contractor is performing work to construct the columns and guideway. These daily/overnight closures will resume on Monday, Nov. 27th.

UPDATED: Reminder of ongoing closures

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

  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

A look ahead

The Nov. 18-19 weekend closure on Bellevue Way Southeast is the last scheduled weekend closure of 2017.

The northbound lanes of 112th Avenue Southeast between Bellevue Way Southeast and Southeast 15th are expected to reopen to traffic by Monday, Nov. 20th, and will remain open between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. 

Beginning in 2018, weekend closures are expected to be less frequent and for the most part, during future weekend closures, traffic will be maintained in both directions along Bellevue Way Southeast. The big exception to this will be three full closures near the end of the project. These full closures will be needed for final paving and striping of the roadway surface.

Nov 13, 2017

Bellevue Downtown Association and Sound Transit presents 'Rail and Ice'

Rail and Ice program postcard.

Sound Transit is partnering with the Bellevue Downtown Association to offer 150 free admission and skate tickets* to the Bellevue Downtown Park Ice Arena. Neighborhoods impacted by the East Link light rail project are invited to join us for a morning of fun and to learn more about the project. For more information about the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, visit bellevuedowntown.com.

When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 10
Where: Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St.
RSVP: By Dec. 8 at eastlink@soundtransit.org *While quantities last

First 50 people to arrive at the event will receive a pair of Loyal to the Local gloves.

Mittens with Loyal to the Local logo on them.

Nov 9, 2017

East Link construction progress

Now that East Link construction has been underway for a few months, we wanted to provide an update on progress so far and provide a look ahead for upcoming work.

Construction so far

Since June, Sound Transit's contractor has been focusing on preparing, mobilizing and beginning demolition along I-90. Much of this work is in preparation to seismically retrofit the floating bridge and approach structures in advance of light rail construction. Take a look at some of the recent construction activities:

Crews lower steel anchor caps into the floating bridge pontoons. Each anchor cap weighs 3,500 pounds.
Crews lower steel anchor caps into the floating bridge pontoons. Each anchor cap weighs 3,500 pounds.

Crews stage bottom support frames inside pontoons. These frames will be installed in the coming months to prepare for additional post tensioning. Each bottom support weighs 1,300 pounds.
Crews stage bottom support frames inside pontoons. These frames will be installed in the coming months to prepare for additional post tensioning. Each bottom support weighs 1,300 pounds.

Crews install protective casing for utility lines near the future Mercer Island station.
Crews install protective casing for utility lines near the future Mercer Island station.

Crews excavate the station area to prepare for utility protection installation.
Crews excavate the station area to prepare for utility protection installation.

Drilled shafts have been installed to support station noise walls that will be poured in the coming weeks.
Drilled shafts have been installed to support station noise walls that will be poured in the coming weeks.

What's next?

Demolition work continues along the floating bridge, in the Mercer Island tunnel and at the station area while seismic retrofit work will begin along the East Channel Bridge. This winter, while work may not be visible on the floating bridge, work will be happening within the pontoons and I-90 tunnels in Seattle and Mercer Island. Construction will become more visible in early 2018 as work on the station platform and both east and west head houses begins.

We want to hear from you!

Now that construction has begun, we'd like to get your feedback on communications and outreach activities. This short survey is your opportunity to provide your feedback and help us plan for 2018.

Nov 8, 2017

In this alert: Weekend of November 11-12: Bellevue Way SE and I-90 ramps to remain open, and Weekday construction traffic impacts

Weekend of Nov. 11-12: Bellevue Way SE and I-90 ramps to remain open

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Week of Nov. 13-17

Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: As needed, one northbound lane of Bellevue Way Southeast may be closed from the north end of the South Bellevue Station site to the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast.

Monday-Friday 8 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Daily/overnight closure of the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp. The duration of these closures may vary based on the needs of the contractor, but the ramps are expected to remain open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Daily/overnight closures of the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp are expected to continue on a regular basis throughout the project. During the closures the contractor is performing work to construct the columns and guideway.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: In order to complete utility work Sound Transit's contractor will close up to two lanes of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th. Two way traffic will be maintained at all times. During the closures, the 24-hour sidewalk closure listed below may be adjusted and sidewalk access will be maintained on one side of the street. Flaggers and detour signs will help guide people walking, biking and driving.

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.: In order to complete utility work one southbound lane of Bellevue Way Southeast will be closed between the Wye at 112th and the Blueberry Farm. Upon completion of the work north of the Blueberry Farm, a similar closure of one southbound lane is expected between the main entrance to South Bellevue Station and Southeast 30th.

Reminder of ongoing closures

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

  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Lane reductions on 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

A look ahead

Sound Transit's contractor anticipates a full closure of Bellevue Way Southeast during the weekend of Nov. 18-19. The northbound lanes of 112th Avenue Southeast are expected to be reopened prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday and are expected to remain open through the end of the year.

Beginning in 2018, weekend closures are expected to be less frequent and for the most part, during future weekend closures, traffic will be maintained in both directions along Bellevue Way Southeast. The big exception to this will be three full closures near the end of the project. These full closures will be needed for final paving and striping of the roadway surface.

Nov 2, 2017

CANCELLED: Mercer Island weekend ramp closures

This weekend's previously planned closures of the 80th Ave. westbound HOV off-ramp and the I-90 westbound HOV lane have been cancelled. This work will be rescheduled for a future date and Sound Transit will notify community members once a new date is known. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Nov 1, 2017

In this alert: Weekend of November 4-5, City of Bellevue weekend paving and Weekday construction traffic impacts

Weekend of Nov. 4-5 Bellevue Way SE and ramps to I-90 closed

Crews will continue work on drilled shafts adjacent to Bellevue Way and complete restoration of utility crossings in the southbound lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast. Sound Transit's contractor plans to close all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast from 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4th through 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5th.

During the closure, all lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast between the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast and I-90 will be closed. All ramps between Bellevue Way Southeast and I-90 will also be closed. Local access will be maintained to all residential driveways along Bellevue Way Southeast. Emergency access will be maintained.

Map of complete road closures on Bellevue Way Southeast south of 112 Avenue Southeast.

1. All ramps between Bellevue Way Southeast and I-90 will be closed. Vehicle access and parking at the Winters House, Blueberry Farm Sweyolocken Boat launch will be not available during the closure.
2. All lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast between the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast and I-90 will be closed. Local access will be maintained to all residential driveways along Bellevue Way Southeast. Emergency access will be maintained.
3. The sidewalk on Bellevue Way Southeast in this area will also close; people biking and walking should seek alternate routes.
4. Bus stops on Bellevue Way Southeast, south of the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast will be closed and riders will need to use alternate stops located on Bellevue Way Southeast, north of the Wye.
5. Detour to I-90 and I-405 via 112th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 8th.

Weekend pavement restoration on 112th Ave SE

Saturday, Nov. 4th, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Single lane closures are needed in both directions to prepare for and restore utility trenches on 112th Avenue Southeast, between Southeast 6th and Main Street.

City of Bellevue work - Sunday, Nov. 5th, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The City of Bellevue's paving contractor is planning to pave the northbound curb lane of 112th Avenue Southeast from Southeast 8th to Main Street on Sunday Nov. 5. Work is expected between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. This work is unrelated to Sound Transit's East Link project. For more information on this project, please contact Marie Jensen, City of Bellevue Transportation.

Weekday construction traffic impacts: Week of Nov. 6-10

Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: As needed, one northbound lane of Bellevue Way Southeast may be closed from the north end of the South Bellevue Station site to the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast.

Monday-Friday 8 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Daily/overnight closure of the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp. The duration of these closures may vary based on the needs of the contractor, but the ramps are expected to remain open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Daily/overnight closures of the Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp are expected to continue on a regular basis throughout the project. During the closures the contractor is performing work to construct the columns and guideway.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: In order to complete utility work Sound Transit's contractor will close up to two lanes of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th. Two way traffic will be maintained at all times. During the closures, the 24-hour sidewalk closure listed below may be adjusted and sidewalk access will be maintained on one side of the street. Flaggers and detour signs will help guide people walking, biking and driving.

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.: In order to complete utility work one southbound lane of Bellevue Way Southeast will be closed between the Wye at 112th and the Blueberry Farm. Upon completion of the work north of the Blueberry Farm, a similar closure of one southbound lane is expected between the main entrance to South Bellevue Station and Southeast 30th.

Reminder of ongoing closures

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

  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Lane reductions on 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

A look ahead

Sound Transit's contractor anticipates one additional closure of Bellevue Way Southeast during the weekend of Nov. 18-19. More information on what to expect during this closure will be provided in a future alert.

Beginning in 2018, weekend closures are expected to be less frequent and for the most part, during future weekend closures, traffic will be maintained in both directions along Bellevue Way Southeast. The big exception to this will be three full closures near the end of the project. These full closures will be needed for final paving and striping of the roadway surface.

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