Southeast Newport Way

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Pedestrians walking on SE Newport Way

The Southeast Newport Way project improves safety for bicyclists and pedestrians by adding a multipurpose path on the north side of the roadway and a bike lane on the south side, along with other improvements, from Somerset Boulevard Southeast to 150th Avenue Southeast. Construction began in April 2020 and was  substantially finished in November 2020. A community celebration to mark its completion was held in July 2021.

Image of construction progress on SE Newport Way project

Description

Previously, there were no sidewalk or bike lanes along this stretch of Newport Way. People walking and biking had to navigate narrow shoulders, with no crosswalks, making it difficult to safely reach destinations such as churches, the community center, library, parks and schools. The improvements make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Project details:

  • Project length is 0.85 mile
  • A 10-foot wide, mixed-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the north side of the road; a 5-foot-wide bike lane on the south side of the street; and a 10.5-foot wide vehicle travel lane in both the eastbound and the westbound directions
  • A 6-foot wide sidewalk on the south side of the street, between 150th Avenue SE and the South Bellevue Community Center
  • Nine new retaining walls, replacement of some sections of guardrail, new lighting, and signage
  • New drainage infrastructure to meet the city stormwater code, and other utility improvements

Schedule

  • June-July 2021: Final paving, landscaping and property restoration
  • April 2020- November 2020 construction 
  • 2018: Project design finalized
  • May 2017: Second design outreach open house
  • March 2016: First design outreach open house

Funding

Approximately $11 million

Outreach materials