East Link Extension ongoing road closures

Sound wall construction in Bellevue.

Stay up-to-date on upcoming and ongoing long-term lane, street, intersection, highway and on-ramp closures related to the East Link Light rail extension project.

I-90 area

Judkins Park

The trail through Day Street Park will continue to be closed through January 2019 as work continues on the bridge piers and west approach structures. Pedestrians and bicyclists will continue to be detoured around the area.

Map of pedestrian trail detour.
Pedestrian detour map.

Map of bicycle detour.
Bicycle detour map.

Mercer Island

Aug. 1 – 7

The eastbound Island Crest Way HOV off ramp is planned to close daily during off-peak hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 1 - 7. Drivers can use the West Mercer Way and 77th Avenue eastbound off-ramps during these closures. Closures are planned to occur daily but may happen sporadically. Drivers should pay attention to signage and overhead reader boards for more information.

Island Crest Way Eastbound HOV off-ramp closure map.

Aug. 13 – 31

Both the Eastbound Island Crest Way HOV off-ramp and the Westbound Island Crest Way HOV on-ramp are planned to close during off-peak hours (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Monday – Friday. Drivers can use the West Mercer Way and 76th Avenue Southeast westbound on-ramps and the West Mercer Way and 77th Avenue eastbound off-ramps during these closures.

Map of Island Crest Way eastbound and westbound ramp closures.

South Bellevue area

Bellevue Way Southeast reversible lane configuration: 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.

Information graphic showing lane configuration changes on Bellevue Way.
 
The graphic above illustrates the direction of traffic flow throughout the day. Tail lights indicate vehicles traveling northbound and headlights represent vehicles traveling southbound. During all work activity the eastside curb lane will be closed and occasional mid-day closures (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) of a second lanes may be needed. From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and during most weekends, all lanes will be open to traffic. 
 
6 a.m. to 10 a.m.: The eastside curb lane will be closed at 6 a.m., but work will not begin until 7 a.m. Two lanes of northbound traffic and one lane of southbound traffic will be maintained. Drivers needing to access 112th Avenue Southeast will need to travel in the furthest right open lane.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Occasional closures of two eastside lanes. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. Crews do not plan to close the second lane during the week of April 23rd. Typically when the second lane is not closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. configuration maintaining two lanes of northbound and one lane of southbound traffic will continue until 2 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.: The eastside curb lane will be closed. One lane of northbound traffic and two lanes of southbound traffic will be maintained. Occasional closures through 8 p.m., with work until 8 p.m. more likely between June and September.

112th Avenue Southeast temporary bypass road construction: Sound Transit's contractor is constructing a temporary bypass road near Bellefield Residential Park. 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 Avenue Southeast will be reduced to one lane in each direction near Southeast 15th. People walking will continue to use the sidewalk on the east side of 112th Avenue Southeast. 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 showing where temporary bypass road is being construction and the impacts to 112th Avenue Southeast.

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: Sound Transit’s contractor closed the Bellevue Way SE to I-90 west HOV ramp. This closure is necessary to provide a safe work area and maintain safety for the traveling public. During the closure, crews will construct elevated columns and pier caps adjacent to and over the ramps from I-90 to Bellevue Way SE.

24-hour closure: The sidewalk on the west side of 112th Ave SE, between East Main and SE 6th is closed due to construction activities on the west side of 112th Ave SE. The sidewalk on the west side of 112th Ave SE between SE 8th and Bellevue Way SE is also closed. People walking are asked to follow the signed detour route, crossing at the signalized intersections located at Main Street, SE 6th, 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: SE 15th Street is 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 AVE SE from SE 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.

Central Bellevue area

Upcoming closures at 110th Ave. NE in downtown Bellevue       

Beginning Monday, April 16th, Sound Transit's contractor will close southbound 110th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 3rd Place and Northeast 2nd Place in preparation of excavation and construction of a tunnel ventilation and access shaft to main tunnel currently underneath the roadway.

What to expect:

  • Approved work hours are M-F, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Work is expected to take approximately six months to complete.
  • Crews will close southbound 110th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 3rd Place and Northeast 2nd Place.
  • Crews will minimize noise, dust and debris to extent possible during the work.
  • Local access and residential driveways will be maintained at all times.
  • Sidewalks will be restricted on the west side of 110th Avenue Northeast within the work zone.
  • Signed detours will be in place for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Reminder: Long-term closure on 110th Ave NE scheduled to begin Oct. 9

On Monday Oct. 9, Sound Transit will begin a long-term closure of a portion of 110th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 4th and Northeast 6th streets. The closure is needed to build the Link light rail north tunnel portal near Bellevue City Hall.

The closure on 110th Avenue Northeast will occur in multiple phases:

Phase 1 (October 9, 2017 - approximately Spring 2018). Scheduled to last about nine months, phase 1 requires the closure of all lanes on 110th Avenue Northeast illustrated in the work area graphic. Access to the City Center Plaza parking garage will be maintained.

Phase 2 (approximately Spring 2018 – Winter 2018). One lane of traffic on 110th Avenue Northeast will be reopened in both the north and southbound direction.

Phase 3 (approximately Winter 2018 – Spring 2019). Phase 3 again requires a full closure of all lanes on 110th Avenue Northeast in the work area as utilities are reinstalled and the roadway restored.

Map of downtown Bellevue street closures

What to expect

  • Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday - Friday.
  • Sidewalks will be closed along the east side of 110th Avenue Northeast adjacent to the work area and on the south side of Northeast 6th Street. A temporary mid-block crosswalk will be added just south of the work area to facilitate pedestrian access across 110th Avenue Northeast.
  • A uniformed police officer will direct traffic as needed.
  • The Bellevue Transit Center will remain open.
  • Barriers and signage will prohibit vehicles and pedestrians from entering the work zone. Detour signage will be in place.
  • The loudest activities will occur at the beginning of the closure when vacuum trucks are used to remove soil and safely expose underground utilities. 

Background

Map of downtown Bellevue link light rail tunnel alignment

Last summer, Sound Transit's tunneling contractor closed a larger portion of 110th Avenue Northeast to prepare the soil underneath the roadway for tunneling and construction of the north tunnel portal.

This fall's closure footprint is similar, but smaller compared to what was previously in place. City Center's parking garage access from 110th Avenue Northeast will be maintained, whereas it was closed during the previous work.

Overlake area