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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Council Roundup: Minorities now 41 percent of population

Also, Wilburton Connections LID OK'd and I-405 closure discussed

The City Council learned Monday that, according to the 2010 census, minorities now comprise 41 percent of Bellevue's population. Asians alone represent nearly 28 percent of the city's population, the highest share of any city in the state.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2010 data for Washington, and Gwen Rousseau, the city's demographer, presented a summary of how Bellevue's population has changed since 2000.
Regarding demographics, the census shows:

  • In 2010 Bellevue's population was 122,363, up 11.7 percent from 109,569 in 2000. Bellevue remains the fifth most populous city in the state.
  • The proportion of the city's population that is a minority race or ethnicity increased to 40.8 percent from 28.3 percent in 2000.
  • Bellevue's 2010 Asian population was 33,659, up from 19,011 in 2000.
  • The city's 2010 Hispanic and Latino population was 8,545, up from 5,827 in 2000.

Deputy Mayor Conrad Lee was recognized Monday for participating in outreach efforts last year, when he spoke at a number of events, encouraging residents to be counted. During the census, 77 percent of Bellevue's households mailed back their forms, higher than the national and state averages, 74 and 76 percent respectively.

City staff will continue to analyze census data as it is released, and examine how Bellevue's neighborhoods have changed over the past 10 years.

More detailed information is available in the council agenda item.

Feedback: Gwen Rousseau, Associate Planner-Demographer, 425-452-2743 or grousseau@bellevuewa.gov

Council approves Wilburton Connections LID
Also on Monday, the council approved a Wilburton Connections Local Improvement District (LID), clearing the way for the start of construction later this year to widen 120th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Fourth to Eighth Street. After that, construction will begin to extend Northeast Fourth Street, from 116th to 120th Avenue Northeast.

In a 5-1 vote, the council decided to establish the LID and assess property owners near the two projects up to 50 percent, estimated at $6.78 million, of the special benefit they receive as a result of the road improvements. That amount is about 15 percent of the $45.4 million total estimated cost of the projects, most of it for right-of-way costs.

Construction work on 120th Avenue Northeast is scheduled to begin later this year and wrap up in 2012. The two-stage Northeast Fourth Street Extension project is slated for completion in 2014. After that, a final assessment will be conducted, a hearing will be held and the council will determine exactly what percentage of special benefit property owners will be assessed.

An LID is a financing method used to pay a portion of the costs for road improvements and other public works projects, with property owners who benefit from the improvements asked to pay a proportionate share of the costs through assessments.

The Wilburton improvements are part of a wider Mobility and Infrastructure Initiative endorsed by the council in January 2009. The seven-year plan addresses transportation and other capital needs generated by growth in the downtown, Wilburton and Bel-Red areas. It identifies a variety of revenue sources to pay for the estimated $299 million in improvements. LIDs were one of those sources.

More detailed information is available in the council agenda item.

Feedback: Eric Miller, Transportation Capital Programming Manager, 425-452-6146 or emiller@bellevuewa.gov

Plans heard for full closure of I-405 downtown April 1-4
The council received a report on plans by the state Department of Transportation to shut down Interstate 405 in both directions starting at 11 p.m. Friday, April 1, until 4 a.m. Monday, April 4. The 53-hour closure will stretch from Northeast Eighth Street in downtown Bellevue to SR 520. Northeast 12th Street, between 112th to 116th avenues Northeast, also will be closed at the same time.

During the closure, workers will remove the Northeast 12th Street Bridge and accomplish several upgrades to the closed section of freeway. The work is part of WSDOT's Bellevue Braids project, designed to reduce congestion between downtown Bellevue and SR 520. The project also will result in a wider Northeast 12th Street Bridge with a separate pedestrian-bicycle path, and reduced congestion on Northeast Eighth Street.

WSDOT urges drivers to use alternate routes or defer trips during the closure. While downtown Bellevue will be open for business and local detours will help guide travelers, regional drivers not planning to visit Bellevue should avoid I-405, and take I-5, I-90 and SR 520 if possible.

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