The Southeast Newport Way project aims is to improve 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 with substantial completion in November 2020. Construction activities are suspended until spring 2021 when work will resume to pave and stripe the roadway.
Please join Mayor Robinson, councilmembers, staff and members of the Newport Sidewalk Committee in the opening celebration of this terrific safety project!
What: Official opening of a new multipurpose path and sidewalk on SE Newport Way between Somerset Blvd and 150th Ave SE
When: Friday, July 30
Where: Eastgate Park by the tennis courts
Parking: Public parking is available at the Newport Way Library, 14250 SE Newport Way and in the upper lot (only) at the South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 SE Newport Way.
Following congratulatory remarks that begin at 1 p.m., dignitaries will walk to the new flashing beacon crosswalk for a quick "photo opp," followed by a caravan of police, fire and contractor vehicles. Traffic will be held for a few minutes during the "photo opp."
Currently, there are no sidewalk or bike lanes along this stretch of Newport Way. People walking and biking must navigate narrow shoulders, with no crosswalks, making it difficult to safely reach destinations such as churches, the community center, library, parks and schools. The planned improvements will 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
- During construction, a detour will be in place for local traffic, construction hours will be limited and flaggers will control work zones.
- June-July 2021: Anticipated completion of 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
Current project budget allocation is approximately $11 million (including additional funding for sidewalks)
- Project info sheet (July 2021)
- Project Update: Eastbound closure, detour revision (April 2020)
- Construction alert (Feb. 2020)
- Lane cross-section diagram (2019)
- Vicinity map (2018)
- Project mailer (2016)