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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 12, 2007

Summer road construction underway in Bellevue

Road construction season gets rolling in earnest this week in Bellevue with major highway projects now underway, along with ongoing private development downtown.

The state Department of Transportation is undertaking most of the projects on the freeways that bisect the city.

“Another busy summer of construction is now underway, and we’ve been working closely with WSDOT for some time on plans to minimize construction-related delays,” said David Berg, deputy director of Bellevue’s transportation department. “One way to do that is by giving motorists as much information as possible about project schedules.”

Here’s a roundup of construction work that could affect travelers in Bellevue:

  • Interstate 405: The South Bellevue I-405 Widening project, from Southeast Eighth Street to Exit 10/Coal Creek Parkway Exit, began this week and will continue through June 2008.
  • Interstate 90: The I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project will add HOV lanes and ramps from Seattle to Bellevue. On July 16, a section of the I-90 bicycle/pedestrian pathway near Bellevue Way will close for up to 10 days for work on a storm drainage outfall.
  • State Route 520: WSDOT plans a closure of the SR 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, July 13, to perform annual inspections and maintenance work. Also planned at the same time for this 520 project is the installation of a section of rubberized quieter pavement between the bridge and the Bellevue Way exit.
  • Downtown development: More than a dozen large buildings are currently under construction in downtown Bellevue, resulting in occasional lane closures and delays. Bellevue Traffic Advisories
  • Interstate 5: Construction work on northbound I-5, between Spokane Street and I-90, will require around-the-clock lane closures from Aug. 10 to Aug. 29. WSDOT expects the Spokane Street Bridge repair will have an impact on I-405, which will be used as an alternative to I-5.

Motorists are reminded to plan ahead to avoid delays, be patient when delays are unavoidable and exercise caution in construction zones.

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