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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Light rail open house Sept. 20

A Bellevue open houseResidents can weigh in on details related to the planned East Link light rail line at an open house at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The open house, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., will cover design options along 112th Avenue Southeast intended to limit noise, traffic and visual impacts on South Bellevue neighborhoods, the potential addition of a high-occupancy vehicle lane on southbound Bellevue Way and information on funding for a tunnel downtown.

Residents are invited to drop by the first-floor concourse at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, any time between 4:30 and 6:30. There will be informational displays and city and Sound Transit staff will be on hand to answer questions, listen to concerns and collect comments.

The open house is part of an aggressive public outreach effort launched by the City Council to gather input while an agreement with Sound Transit is negotiated. The memorandum of understanding, which will spell out the city's contributions toward a downtown tunnel and establish a path for moving forward on the alignment, is to be signed by Oct. 25.

Other outreach planned includes:

  • Public Hearing: During the council's regular meeting, 8 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 26, with suggested comment areas will be similar to the topics presented at the open house.
  • Mailings, phone calls and small-group meetings: City staff are in the process of contacting approximately 160 residents in the Enatai and Surrey Downs neighborhoods, whose homes could be most affected by the light rail design options. Staff is meeting with residents individually or in small groups to explain options and hear concerns.

The outreach blitz also will include a citywide postcard mailing, email notifications, web page information and newspaper advertising. The council has discussed doing additional outreach.

Residents can deliver comments to Regional Project Manager Bernard van de Kamp (425-452-6459 or bvandekamp@bellevuewa.gov) any time.

East Link will run from Seattle, through Bellevue, to the Overlake area of Redmond. Construction is forecast to begin by 2015 and service is expected to start by 2023 if the tunnel option is selected.

Of particular concern to Bellevue residents has been the proposed route through South Bellevue, along Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast.

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