Transportation Performance

The Transportation Department's mission is "to provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods and a vital economy in partnership with our diverse community." Our department's vision is that "the Bellevue Transportation Department will be a nationally-recognized leader in the transportation field."

Department Mission

To provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods and a vital economy in partnership with our diverse community.

Department Vision

The Bellevue Transportation Department will be a nationally-recognized leader in the transportation field.

Department Goals

  • Goal 1: Continue to execute the transportation projects and programs in the adopted Capital Investment Plan to support future growth, mobility, safety and quality of life throughout the city.
  • Goal 2: Be an active regional partner in advocating for and supporting projects of local and regional benefit including East Link, the I-405 Corridor Program, completion of SR-520 projects including the 124th Interchange, and the advancement of EasTrail.
  • Goal 3: Actively promote and support implementation of the Smart City Strategy, including advanced transportation technology and autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicle technologies.
  • Goal 4: Provide ample transportation options that are safe and effective to provide mobility for those that live and work in Bellevue.
  • Goal 5: Maintain our highly functioning transportation system and stay ahead of the forecasted growth in our infrastructure.

Department Metrics

Metric 1: Percent of potholes that are filled within 24 hours of notice

Once a pothole is reported, it is filled within 24 hours. The repair is permanent.

trends related to pothole filling rate in 24 hours
The metric is the number of potholes filled within 24 hours divided by total number of potholes reported. (higher is better)
Why is this important?

In 2018, 315 potholes in total were repaired, 310 of them within 24 hours. The response rate of 98.4% is above the target of 97%. Potholes are indicative of the overall condition of roadway pavement. The failure to address potholes in a timely manner can increase damage to the overall roadway section and will require much more costly repair measures. The target is self-selected to address nearly all of the potholes reported within 24 hours.  Current use of electronic media has made reporting of potholes much easier which makes it very difficult to maintain a near 100% rating.

What are the next steps? 

We continue to strive towards a 100% goal working closely with pavement management staff to timely address deteriorating pavement conditions when found.

Contact Name: Brian Breeden

Contact Email: BBreeden@bellevuewa.gov

Contact Phone Number: 425-452-4104

Metric 2: Connectivity of trails and walkways - linear feet completed (sidewalks, on-street bike facilities, off-street bike facilities, and trails)

This reflects the total amount of linear feet (not just incremental) that Bellevue has.

How was this calculated?

Transportation staff reach out to project managers delivering the projects to obtain project plan and specs, which provides the total amount of linear feet per project.

Data:

Why is this important?

The 2009 Ped-Bike plan directs staff to implement our connected network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Specific targets are identified for calculating and tracking implementation to ensure we are delivering. At the end of 2018 there was a gap of 9.9 miles between actual construction of pedestrian facilities and the amount of mileage needed to be on-track for the 2019 completion target established in the 2009 plan.  A public facing storymap is https://cobgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=247df5ece3f1471dae48b4d813231631 shows progress implementing pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The 2016 Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity, and Congestion Levy is directing additional funding to close the gap on both pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure implementation targets.Of the north-south priority bicycle corridors, Enatai-Northtown Connection is the closest to completion at 93.2%, followed by Lake Washington loop Trail at 88.5% completion. Of the east-west priority bicycle corridors, 520 Trail is the closest to completion at 77.2%, followed by Coal Creek-Cougar Mountain Connection at 69.4% completion.

What are the next steps? 

In 2015, we observed that we were not tracking with the 2009 plan, and Council directed staff to develop and implement a Bicycle Rapid-Implementation system (BRIP). In addition, we will continue to implement the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity, and Congestion Levy. 

Contact Name: Franz Loewenherz

Contact Email: FLoewenherz@bellevuewa.gov

Contact Phone Number: 425-452-4077

Metric 3: Number of vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle collisions that resulted in serious injuries and fatalities

This is the number of collisions in the city that resulted in a serious injury or fatality.

How was this calculated?

This number is quantified from the collision reports filed by police following an incident. Police make a determination before filing a report as to whether the collision injury severity is a fatality, serious injury, non-serious injury, possible injury or property damage only. This data is logged into our Transportation collision database where we can quantify collisions by injury severity type.

Data:

Why is this important?

The City of Bellevue adopted a Vision Zero resolution in 2015 and will be publishing a Vision Zero Action Plan in early 2020. The goal of this plan is to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030. It is important for us to track or progress toward this goal on an annual basis. The number of serious injury and fatal collisions has not changed over the last two years, with 21 total being reported in both 2017 and 2018. The total for 2019 is unfortunately trending up. Staff are working hard to identify actions in the Vision Zero plan that can quickly address this unfortunate trend. 

What are the next steps? 

The Vision Zero Action Plan will outline the specific recommended actions to reach our goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries. Past improvements that have been made to address collisions include modifying signal timing, adding access control, evaluating speed limits, installing guardrail, enhancing crosswalks, improving pedestrian facilities, adding warning signing and providing driver education.

Contact Name: Chris Long

Contact Email: CLong@bellevuewa.gov

Contact Phone Number: 425-452-6013

Metric 4: Average pavement rating across the arterial roadway system

This is a numerical value that represents the condition of roadway pavement ranging from 0 (very poor) to 100 (excellent).

How was this calculated?

The average pavement rating across the arterial roadway system is calculated by taking a weighted average of the pavement rating for each street block classified as an arterial.

Why is this important?

Roadway pavement is one of the city's most valuable assets. In Bellevue, pavement condition ratings are traced by utilizing a pavement management system (PMS), which uses roadway characteristics and past pavement rating data to predict how pavement on various corridors within the network will deteriorate over time. Staff uses outputs from the PMS to make data-driven decisions on how to best utilize allocated maintenance funds and to predict future funding needs for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. Results from 2018 for average pavement rating across the arterial roadway system indicate that, on average, arterial pavement is in good condition and is trending to maintain a similar condition. 

What are the next steps? 

Based on the most recent results, staff is maintaining the current strategy for arterial pavement maintenance.

Contact Name: Kyle Potuzak

Contact Email: KPotuzak@bellevuewa.gov 

Contact Phone Number: 425-452-2027

Metric 5: Average pavement rating across the residential roadway system

This is a numerical value that represents the condition of roadway pavement ranging from 0 (very poor) to 100 (excellent).

How was this calculated?

The average pavement rating across the residential roadway system is calculated by taking a weighted average of the pavement rating for each street block classified as local.

Why is this important?

Roadway pavement is one of the city's most valuable assets. In Bellevue, pavement condition ratings are traced by utilizing a pavement management system (PMS), which uses roadway characteristics and past pavement rating data to predict how pavement on various corridors within the network will deteriorate over time. Staff uses outputs from the PMS to make data-driven decisions on how to best utilize allocated maintenance funds and to predict future funding needs for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. Results from 2018 for average pavement rating across the arterial roadway system indicate that, on average, arterial pavement is in good condition. 

What are the next steps? 

Staff is currently piloting new pavement preservation methods for residential roadways.

Contact Name: Kyle Potuzak

Contact Email: KPotuzak@bellevuewa.gov 

Contact Phone Number: 425-452-2027

Metric 6: Customer satisfaction rating for clean streets

This measure reflects the public's perception of the city's street sweeping abilities.

How was this calculated?

This number is determined as part of the city's annual Performance Measures Survey, which asks a random sample of residents to rate their perception and satisfaction with city services.

Data:

Why is this important?

In 2018, our clean streets rating was 88%, just under the target of 90%. Street sweeping is vital for the safety of our pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists to assure that debris is cleared from lanes, shoulders and pathways in a timely manner. Further, timely removal of leaves and fall debris helps reduce urban flooding possibilities throughout the city.

What are the next steps? 

We will continue to seek the purchase of an additional sweeper to supplement our capabilities and reduce the need to lease sweepers on an ongoing basis.

Contact Name: Brian Breeden

Contact Email: BBreeden@bellevuewa.gov

Contact Phone Number: 425-452-4104