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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Council Roundup: Signaling change on city streets

Also, council briefed on agreements for SR 520 project

The City Council learned Tuesday that work is progressing on the first phase of a project to improve traffic signals in the Factoria area and downtown Bellevue. The council approved installation of the new "traffic adaptive system" in June.

Once the system is installed, Bellevue will be the only city in the state utilizing traffic adaptive signals. The system will continually monitor vehicle volume in every lane approaching each intersection and automatically adjust signal timing to match traffic flows. The intent is to help reduce congestion and increase efficiency.

The most visible change for motorists will be the city's first flashing yellow arrow for left turns (and some right turns) at intersections on Factoria Boulevard, from Southeast Newport Way to Southeast 32nd Street. The new signals are scheduled to begin operation in late September or early October.

While the flashing yellow arrows may take some getting used to, the new display, recently approved by the Federal Highway Administration, is expected to increase both safety and efficiency.

Following introduction of the new signals on Factoria Boulevard, and time to make adjustments as transportation staff learn the technology, the new system is scheduled to be rolled out downtown at intersections on Bellevue Way and Northeast Fourth and Northeast Eighth streets.

Feedback: Mark Poch, Traffic Signals Manager, 425-452-6137 or mpoch@bellevuewa.gov.

Council briefed on agreements for SR 520 project
Council members reviewed several proposed agreements between Bellevue and the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) related to improvements on SR 520.

Bellevue is working closely with WSDOT to implement the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project. The five agreements discussed Tuesday cover various aspects of the project, such as roles and responsibilities, funding for a city staff member to coordinate work on the project, the purchase and maintenance of new traffic signals and utility relocations.

WSDOT's SR 520 improvements include: a direct-access interchange for transit and HOV at 108th Avenue Northeast; a new regional bicycle/pedestrian path along the north side of SR 520; a new landscaped bridge at Bellevue Way; a new eastbound HOV lane between Evergreen Point Road and 108th Avenue; and relocating transit stops to center lanes.

Other changes will be restriping existing HOV lanes to the inside lane; expanding the Evergreen Point Road Park and Ride; constructing three lids over the highway at Evergreen Point Road, 84th and 92nd Avenue Northeast; new noise walls and new culverts for the passage of fish.

Construction on the project, which carries an estimated total cost of $776 million, is slated to begin in 2011. The council is expected to give final approval on the agreements at its meeting on Sept. 20. 

WSDOT 520 Project

Feedback: Rick Logwood, Capital Projects Manager, 425-452-6858 or rlogwood@bellevuewa.gov.

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