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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 28, 2008

116th Ave lanes to close in April

Lanes on 116th Avenue Northeast by the medical district will be closed for several nights in April to allow for paving work. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction, between Northeast Eighth Street and the traffic signal at Overlake Hospital, the nights of Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1.

Improvements to 116th, including new curbing to separate the northbound and southbound lanes, are part of a larger project to extend Northeast 10th Street over Interstate 405, connecting the rapidly expanding medical district east of the highway to downtown Bellevue, west of the highway.

Workers will begin grinding pavement at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, and finish by 6 a.m. the following day. That work is expected to take two nights, depending on the weather. Later, on nights when the weather is dry, crews will pave the roadway during those same hours. Work on 116th Avenue is expected to be completed by April 25.

The installation of raised curbing separating the northbound and southbound lanes of 116th Avenue will permanently restrict access to businesses on 116th, between Northeast Eighth and 10th streets, to right turns only in and out of driveways.

The construction of a new section of Northeast 10th Street is being done in two stages. For stage 1, the city has been extending Northeast 10th between 116th Avenue and the east edge of I-405. That stage is scheduled for completion in May.

The second stage of the project, an overpass over I-405 to 112th Avenue, is being done in partnership with the state Department of Transportation. That stage began in early March and will be completed in 2009.

The new section of Northeast 10th Street will offer an additional way in and out of downtown, congestion relief for Northeast Eighth Street, better access to the city's medical district and another option for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the highway.

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