Construction alert: South Bellevue, 9/12/2017

Sep 12, 2017

Weekend of Sept. 16-17: Bellevue Way SE reduced to one lane and ramps to I-90 closed

In this alert: Upcoming Bellevue Way SE weekend closure; construction traffic impacts in south Bellevue and tree removal along 112th Ave SE


Weekend of Sept. 16-17: Bellevue Way SE reduced to one lane and ramps to I-90 closed

Utility relocation work will continue this weekend on Bellevue Way Southeast. Sound Transit's contractor plans to close three lanes of Bellevue Way Southeast from Saturday, Sept. 16th at 5:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17th.

During the closure, Bellevue Way Southeast will be reduced to one northbound lane and access to I-90 will be prohibited. The eastbound I-90 ramp to Bellevue Way Southeast will also be closed. Westbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast will be maintained.

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

Map of traffic impacts from East Link project along Bellevue Way Southeast.

1. Northbound vehicles will travel in a temporary lane on Bellevue Way Southeast. Access to Sweyolocken Boat Launch will only be available from westbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast. Local access will be maintained to all residential driveways along Bellevue Way Southeast. Emergency access will be maintained.

2. Access from Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 will be prohibited. The eastbound I-90 ramp to Bellevue Way Southeast will also be closed. Westbound I-90 to northbound Bellevue Way Southeast will be maintained.

3. Vehicle access and parking at the Temporary Mercer Slough Parking lot will not be available during the weekend closure.

4. The sidewalk on Bellevue Way Southeast in this area is closed; people biking and walking should seek alternate routes.

5. 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.

6. Detour to I-90 and I-405 via 112th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 8th.

Week of Sept. 18 – Sept. 22

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.

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.

24-hour closure: The northbound lanes of 112th Avenue Southeast between Bellevue Way Southeast and Southeast 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 Avenue Southeast between Southeast 8th and Bellevue Way Southeast is also closed 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 has been reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph through the duration of East Link construction. New signage has been posted.

24-hour closure: Southeast 15th Street has been closed and will remain 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 Avenue Southeast from Southeast 8th Street.

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 is 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 three-hour maximum will be enforced. Commuter parking will NOT be allowed at this lot.

A look ahead

Sound Transit's contractor expects regular weekend closures to continue into November. Upcoming closures during the weekends of Sept. 23-24, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and Oct. 7-8 are expected to be similar to this coming weekend's closure.

Tree removal along 112th Avenue Southeast 

Beginning as early as the week of Sept. 18, Sound Transit's contractors will begin clearing trees and understory vegetation in the Sound Transit work zone along 112th Avenue Southeast adjacent to Surrey Downs Park. Trees located where the light rail route will be built need to be removed in order to build the project. Sound Transit has worked closely with the City of Bellevue and Washington State Department of Ecology in development, review and approval of plans for clearing trees and understory vegetation. 

The preservation of trees to the maximum extent feasible has been a primary project goal throughout project design and into construction. Throughout the corridor, trees that are in close proximity to the work zone but not be negatively impacted by construction or light rail operations will be preserved with protective fencing.