With the start of Bellevue's annual paving overlay program, the city road construction season unofficially kicks off early next week. This will be the 27th year of the paving overlay program.
Over the next five months, at an estimated cost of $3.5 million, the city will repave over 22 miles of several major roadways in Bellevue. The work will also include restoring streets that had water main repairs in 2012 and replacing curbs and sidewalk ramps. It's going to be a busy paving season in several areas of Bellevue.
In June, the major street locations for paving will be in the south part of Bellevue:
- 112th Avenue Southeast: Bellevue Way to Southeast Eighth Street;
- Southeast 38th Street and 164th Avenue Southeast: West Lake Sammamish Parkway to Southeast 34th Street;
- Southeast 60th Street: Cougar Mountain Way to the east city limits; and
- 164th Avenue Southeast: Lakemont Boulevard to Southeast 46th Way.
In July, paving and repair will take place in Bellevue's central business district.
In August, paving will take place in the northern part of Bellevue and then return to the south
- Northeast 20th Street: 140th Avenue Northeast to 148th Avenue Northeast;
- Northeast 20th Street: Bel-Red Road to 156th Avenue Northeast;
- Northup Way: 164th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Eighth Street;
- Eastgate Way: 148th Avenue Southeast to Phillips Hill Road; and
- 156th Avenue Southeast: Eastgate Way to Southeast 24th Street.
For cost savings and effective collaboration with other departmental plans and programs, Eastgate Way and Northup Way will be restriped to add new westbound bike lanes when the paving is completed.
For the best indication that paving will happen soon near you, watch for electronic variable message signs. The orange lit messages with a black background will alert drivers to upcoming construction impacts on the street throughout Bellevue.
The overlay program is a very cost effective means of maintaining Bellevue's city streets. If a street is neglected too long, all of the old asphalt must be removed and rebuilt, which could cost up to three times as much or more than a pavement overlay project.
Traffic Advisories offers up-to-date weekly construction information. You are also able to receive up-to-date construction impacts around the city on Bellevue's Transportation Department Twitter feed.
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