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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 15, 2007

City introduces downtown improvement projects

Public projects to improve road, transit and pedestrian corridors in Bellevue’s booming downtown area are being designed and constructed nearly as fast as the new office and residential towers piercing the city’s skyline.

To familiarize residents with the wide range of projects, the City of Bellevue hosted an open house on Thursday, June 14, on the first-floor Concourse in City Hall. People had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with managers about 14 projects meant to improve traffic, enhance the look and feel of streets and sidewalks and develop a downtown connection to the waterfront.

The projects, which include two managed by the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT), are in various stages of design or construction.

The Bellevue projects are tied to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Implementation Plan, created to guide downtown development over the next 20 years. Staff from the city’s Transportation, Parks & Community Services and Planning & Community Development departments were on hand, as well as representatives of the Bellevue Downtown Association, Sound Transit and WSDOT.

Projects under construction are:

  • widening of I-405 from 112th Avenue Southeast to Southeast Eighth Street;
  • building Northeast 10th Street between 112th and 116th avenues Northeast; and
  • the Downtown Wayfinding Project.

Design work is under way to:

  • widen Northeast Eighth Street from 106th to 108th avenues Northeast;
  • build a “braided crossing” on northbound Interstate 405 that will make exiting to State Route 520 safer and easier;
  • extend Northeast 10th Street over Interstate 405;
  • improve commuting options to downtown Bellevue; and
  • establish an Urban Art Walk project.

Six projects in the “pre-design” phase include:

  • alignment of Northeast Second Street to improve traffic flow;
  • analysis of the conversion of 106th and 108th avenues Northeast to one-way streets;
  • development of a three-dimensional model of possible urban design improvements in the Northeast Sixth Street corridor;
  • planning for downtown “circulator” bus service;
  • planning for a Meydenbauer Bay waterfront access project; and a
  • Great Streets conceptual design plan to make downtown more livable and memorable.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: David Grant, Public Information Officer
Phone: 425-452-4397
E-mail: dgrant@bellevuewa.gov

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