BELLEVUE – Two roadways in downtown Bellevue have been closed at least until late Friday night to dismantle and remove a construction tower crane at the 1020 Tower apartment project. The closures were not expected to disrupt downtown traffic flow to businesses, residences or retail establishments.
The road closures are:
- Northeast 10th Street between 108th Avenue Northeast and 110th Avenue Northeast
- 108th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 10th and Northeast 12th streets
On Thursday afternoon, a crane operator at the construction site discovered several cracks on the crane. Further observation by structural engineers and the Hanover Company, the building developer, determined that the crane needed to be dismantled as a precautionary measure.
Inspectors from the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), the agency responsible for overseeing work site safety, were on-site Thursday night.
Residents in nearby buildings were offered the opportunity to stay in a local hotel until the work is completed, with the Hanover Company covering the cost.
Bellevue City Manager Steve Sarkozy said city officials are closely monitoring the situation to ensure maximum safety precautions are taken as the damaged crane is dismantled.
“Public and worker safety is always our first priority at any construction work site, and we are confident that the necessary steps have been put in place at the 1020 Tower site,” Sarkozy said.
Questions concerning the L&I investigation can be directed to L&I at 360-754-1530.
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