Construction alert: East Link Extension, 7/25/2017

Jul 25, 2017

Temporary parking lot to open for Mercer Slough Park users

On July 31st, the parking lots at the Winters House and Blueberry Farm will close for East Link construction. Access to Mercer Slough Park and the trail system will remain open. During the closure, parking will be available at a new temporary parking lot located near the South Bellevue Station site. The new lot is for Mercer Slough Park users and a 3-hour maximum will be enforced. Commuter parking will NOT be allowed at this lot.

Drivers can access the lot from when traveling either northbound or southbound on Bellevue Way Southeast. When exiting, drivers must make a right turn, heading north onto Bellevue Way Southeast.

Map of parking changes along Bellevue Way Northeast.

Weekend July 29-30

No weekend closures planned

Bellevue Way Southeast will remain open during the weekend of July 29-30.

Week of July 31-August 4th

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: One northbound lane of Bellevue Way Southeast will 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.: As needed, Sound Transit's contractor may close one southbound lane on 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 6th.

24-hour closure: The northbound lanes of 112th Avenue Southeast between Bellevue Way Southeast and Southeast 15th will be closed and traffic will be diverted to the two southbound lanes (one lane in each direction will remain open). The sidewalk on the east side of 112th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 8th and Bellevue Way Southeast will also close for approximately four months. People walking can cross 112th Avenue Southeast at Southeast 8th and use the sidewalk on the west side of 112th Avenue Southeast. The speed limit between Bellevue Way Southeast and Main Street will be reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph through the duration of East Link construction. New signage will be posted.

Picture and map of 112th Avenue Southeast lane closure.

24-hour closure: Southeast 15th Street will be closed for approximately three years, as crews begin preparing the area for construction of the road-over-rail crossing. Workers and visitors wishing to access Bellefield Office Park will use 114th Avenue Southeast from Southeast 8th Street

Reminder of ongoing closures

24-hour closure: The sidewalk on Bellevue Way Southeast between the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast and the South Bellevue Station site is closed. This closure will continue for approximately 2 ½ years; people biking and walking should seek alternate routes.

24-hour closure: The sidewalk on the west side of 112th Avenue Southeast, between East Main and Southeast 6th is closed due to construction activities on the west side of 112th Avenue Southeast. People walking are asked to use the sidewalk on the east side of 112th Avenue Southeast, crossing at the signalized intersections located at Main Street and Southeast 6th. The King County Metro bus stop located between Main Street and Southeast 4th has been relocated to a new location on the west side of 112th Avenue Northeast, north of Main Street. The King County Metro stop located south of Southeast 4th has been relocated to a new location on the west side of 112th Avenue Southeast, south of Southeast 6th.

A look ahead

Sound Transit's contractor expects regular weekend closures to continue into the fall. However, weekend closures of Bellevue Way Southeast are not anticipated for the weekends of July 29-30 and August 5-6. A full closure similar to what occurred the weekend of July 15-16 is expected to be repeated over the weekend of August 12-13.