Grand Connection

Interstate 405 Crossing Update

On November 19, 2018, Council directed staff to proceed with Alternative 3 – Lid Park as Council’s preferred Grand Connection Interstate 405 crossing, including design refinement completion of Final EIS review and other identified next steps.

The Grand Connection begins at the waterfront of Lake Washington at Meydenbauer Bay Park, extending through Bellevue’s dynamic downtown and ultimately connecting with the regional Eastside Rail Corridor in the Wilburton commercial area. The opportunity exists to create unique themes and environments along each segment of the Grand Connection, complementing existing and future uses. Ultimately the Grand Connection will influence the land use patterns of the Wilburton commercial area by improving connectivity to downtown and creating a landmark piece of infrastructure.

Opportunities to Engage

Policy amendments to implement the vision as articulated in the Grand Connection Framework Plan: Sequence One are currently before the city’s Planning Commission as part of the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process.

The City Council is anticipated to discuss the Grand Connection Interstate 405 crossing alternatives and potentially select a preferred option to further study and refine in the fall of 2018. The public is encouraged to submit feedback on the Interstate 405 crossing alternatives to project staff as shown in the Grand Connection Framework Plan: Sequence Two – Interstate 405 Crossing.

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Emil A. KingStrategic Planning Manager


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