Construction update: South Bellevue 8/8/17

Aug 8, 2017

Construction alert: South Bellevue

In this alert: Upcoming Bellevue Way SE weekend closure; construction traffic impacts in south Bellevue; tree removal related to soil stabilization work along 112th Ave SE and Winters House Protection and monitoring

Map of South Bellevue construction area August 2017Weekend of August 12-13: Bellevue Way SE and ramps to I-90 closed

Utility relocation work will continue this weekend on Bellevue Way SE. Sound Transit’s contractor plans to close all lanes of Bellevue Way SE from Saturday, August 12th at 5:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 13th.

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

  1. All ramps between Bellevue Way SE 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 SE between the Wye at 112th Ave SE 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.

During the weekend closure, Sound Transit’s contractor will continue work to install and relocate utilities along Bellevue Way SE.

August 12-August 21: 9-day closure of Bellevue Way SE to WB I-90 HOV ramp

What to expect:

Roadway closed: The Bellevue Way SE to WB I-90 HOV ramp will be closed from 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 12th through 3 p.m. on Monday, August 21st.

Work Hours: Construction activities are expected to be performed between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., M-F. At this time, night time work is not expected during the 9-day closure.

Heavy machinery: Cranes, drilling machinery, concrete trucks, concrete cutters, excavators.

Noise: There will be noise from cranes, excavators, vactor trucks, concrete cutters and paving equipment.

Trucks: Truck traffic will deliver materials and haul materials offsite.

Week of August 14-18

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Sound Transit’s contractor may close one northbound lane of 112th Ave SE between Main Street and SE 6th for utility work.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Sound Transit’s contractor may close one southbound lane on 112th Ave SE, between Main Street and SE 6th.

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: As needed, Sound Transit’s contractor may close one northbound lane of Bellevue Way SE will be closed from the north end of the South Bellevue Station site to the Wye at 112th Ave SE.

Reminder of ongoing closures

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

24-hour closure: SE 15th Street has been closed for approximately three years, as crews prepare the area for construction of the road-over-rail crossing. Workers and visitors wishing to access Bellefield Office Park can use 114th AVE SE from SE 8th Street.

24-hour closure: The sidewalk on Bellevue Way SE between the Wye at 112th Ave SE 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 Ave SE and SE 6th has been extended to SE 8th. SE. People walking are asked to use the sidewalk on the east side of 112th Ave SE, crossing at the signalized intersections located at Main Street and SE 8th. The King County Metro bus stop located between Main Street and SE 4th has been relocated to a new location on the west side of 112th Ave NE, north of Main Street. The King County Metro stop located south of SE 4th has been relocated to a new location on the west side of 112th Ave SE, south of SE 6th.

24-hour closure: The parking lots at the Winters House and Blueberry Farm are closed 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.

Map of South Bellevue tree removal area August 2017A look ahead

Sound Transit’s contractor expects regular weekend closures to continue into November. A partial closure with one northbound lane open is expected over the weekend of 19-20. Bellevue Way SE is expected to remain open over the weekend of August 25-26 and the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Tree removal in advance of soil stabilization work along 112th Ave SE

Soil stabilization work continues along 112th Ave SE near SE 15th. As sheet pile installation advances along 112th Ave SE towards Bellevue Way SE, crews will continue removing vegetation and trees in the project area. Following installation of the sheet piles, crews will begin work to stabilize the ground between the sheet pile barrier and 112th Avenue Southeast.

Winters House Protection and Monitoring

This week, crews will begin implementing a protection plan for the Winters House. The Winters House will be surrounded on three sides with scaffolding which will then be wrapped with white shrink wrap, providing a protective barrier on the exterior of the house. Fans, de-humidifiers and temporary heating will be installed to maintain airflow and help maintain dry conditions.

Crews will install monitoring equipment and monitor for settlement, vibration and cracking. Monitoring of the house will take regularly during construction.