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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 29, 2012

I-90 two-way transit celebration

Area elected officials including Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee gathered in Mercer Island this morning to celebrate the construction of a new eastbound carpool lane on Interstate 90 and access ramp for it.

Mayor Lee noted that the Sound Transit project has been a priority for Bellevue, saving commuters to and from the Eastside crucial time.

The improvements are the second stage of a three-phase project that will eventually provide 24-hour high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) capacity in both directions across Lake Washington and help get I-90 ready for East Link light rail.

Stage One, which opened in October 2008, provided a westbound HOV lane between Bellevue and Mercer Island. Stage Two includes the new ramp and eastbound carpool lane between Mercer Island and Bellevue and helps improve bus travel times for King County Metro and ST Express buses. Stage Three is under final design and will make improvements to both westbound and eastbound I-90 between Seattle and Mercer Island.

The funding partners are: Sound Transit, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration and thestate Department of Transportation. The planning partners are King County Metro and the cities of Seattle, Mercer Island and Bellevue.

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