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The Access Bellevue initiative is a collaborative communications effort to keep the public informed about East Link light rail and surrounding construction occurring in Bellevue.

I-405 Closures

I-405 weekend directional closures in downtown, Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 16-19

Directional closures of I-405 in downtown Bellevue are planned for two weekends in August. The exits impacted by the closures are at NE 4th, NE 8th and NE 6th streets that lead to downtown. Detours will be in place.  Please plan ahead and use alternate routes as indicated on maps below. The best way to receive the most current information is to follow Sound Transit (@SoundTransit), Washington State Department of Transportation (@WSDOT_Traffic) and City of Bellevue (@BvueTrans) on Twitter.

  • Friday, August 9, 10 p.m. through Monday, August 12, 5 a.m. - Southbound closure
    •  Friday 10 p.m. through Saturday midnight (12:00 a.m. Sunday), southbound I-405 ramps in downtown Bellevue will be closed. Follow ramp detours.
      • Closure map
        • NE 8th Street on-ramps to southbound I-405 
        • Southbound I-405 off-ramp to NE 4th Street (Exit #13A) 
        • One right lane on southbound I-405 between NE 8th Street (Exit #13B) and NE 4th Street (Exit #13A)
           
      • Alternate route map From southbound I-405, you have the following options to access east and west downtown Bellevue:
        • Exit at State Route (SR) 520 westbound (Exit #14).
          • To reach west Bellevue, exit to 108th Ave NE and head south into downtown Bellevue.
          • To reach east Bellevue, exit at 124th Avenue NE.
        • To reach west Bellevue, exit at NE 8th Street (Exit #13B) and head south via 112th Avenue NE.
        • To reach east Bellevue, exit at NE 8th Street (Exit #13B) head east to 116th Avenue NE.
           
    • Sunday 12:00 a.m. through Monday 5 a.m., southbound mainline lanes will be closed. Use Exit 13B as a bypass route to downtown.
      • Closure map  
        • All mainlines on southbound I-405 between NE 8th Street (Exit #13B) and NE 4th Street (Exit #13A).
        • Southbound I-405 HOV off-ramp to NE 6th Street.
        • Northbound I-405 HOV off-ramp and the southbound HOV on-ramp to and from NE 6th Street.
        • Southbound I-405 off-ramp to NE 4th Street (Exit #13A) 
        • NE 8th Street on-ramps to southbound I-405
           
      • Alternate route map  From southbound I-405, you have the following options to access east and west downtown Bellevue:
        • Exit at State Route (SR) 520 westbound (Exit #14).
          • To reach west Bellevue, exit to 108th Ave NE and head south into downtown Bellevue.
          • To reach east Bellevue, exit at 124th Avenue NE.
        • To reach west Bellevue, exit at NE 8th Street (Exit #13B) and head south via 112th Avenue NE.
        • To reach east Bellevue, exit at NE 8th Street (Exit #13B) head east to 116th Avenue NE.
           
  • Friday, August 16, 10 p.m. to Monday, August 19, 5 a.m. - Northbound closure
    • Friday 10 p.m. through Saturday midnight (12:00 a.m. Sunday), northbound ramps in downtown Bellevue will be closed. Follow ramp detours.
      • Closure map 
        • Northbound I-405 off-ramp to NE 8th Street (Exit #13B).
        • NE 4th Street on-ramp to northbound I-405.
        • One right lane on northbound I-405 between NE 4th Street and NE 8th Street
           
      • Alternate route map If you’re coming northbound on I-405, you have the following options to reach east and west downtown Bellevue:
        • Exit at NE 4th Street (Exit #13A).
        • Exit at SE 8th Street (Exit #12).
        • Exit at Bellevue Way SE (Exit #9) from east- or westbound I-90.
        • Exit I-90 eastbound towards Spokane (Exit #11); then exit at 148th Avenue NE (Exit #11B).
           
  • Sunday 12:00 a.m. through Monday 5 a.m., northbound mainline lanes will be closed. Use Exit 13B as a bypass route to downtown.
    • Closure map  
      • All mainlines on northbound I-405 between NE 4th Street/NE 8th Street (Exit #13A-B) and NE 8th Street on-ramp to northbound I-405. 
      • Northbound I-405 HOV off-ramp and the southbound HOV on-ramp to and from NE 6th Street.
      • NE 4th Street on-ramp to northbound I-405.
         
    • Alternate route map  If you’re coming northbound on I-405, you have the following options to reach east and west Bellevue:
      • Exit at NE 4th Street (Exit #13A).
      • Exit at SE 8th Street (Exit #12).
      • Exit at Bellevue Way SE (Exit #9) from east- or westbound I-90..
      • Exit I-90 eastbound towards Spokane (Exit #11); then exit at 148th Avenue NE (Exit #11B).

110th Avenue NE: Full closure by City Hall and NE 6th Street

Beginning Sunday, July 21, the northern portion of 110th Avenue NE between the City Hall visitor parking entrance and NE Sixth Street will be fully closed. Entering visitor parking can be made from the northbound direction of 110th Avenue NE; exiting is only allowed southbound. 

This closure is needed to restore the roadway over the East Link tunnel and is expected to last up to four months. The temporary mid-block crossing will be re-established along the construction fence line. Pedestrian access to City Hall is available via the accessibility ramp that leads to the second floor and the staggered steps that lead to the first floor. 

Access Bellevue City Hall during light rail construction

Bellevue City Hall is an active construction zone for the East Link light rail project. Learn how to best access City Hall

  • View/download brochure on how to access City Hall during light rail construction (July 2019)
  • Watch time lapse video of construction of Bellevue Downtown Station.

Access Bellevue Communications Committee

In late 2016, the city formed the Access Bellevue Communications Committee as an information-sharing network. Representatives include large and small employers, transportation and transit agencies and business advocacy organizations. The committee is typically convened when there are significant construction updates to share that will present mobility impacts in and around Bellevue. Typically, Sound Transit provides an update on East Link light rail construction.
 

Access Bellevue mailer: Jan. 2019

Access Bellevue Mailer Cover

In January 2019, homes and businesses in Bellevue received a "Access Bellevue" mailer (booklet) that includes a recap and look ahead of East Link light rail construction, an update on city projects and initiatives in BelRed, a status of park improvements, and resource lists for businesses, neighborhoods and commuters.

Access Bellevue: Traffic control for Bellevue Way SE and 112th Avenue SE

In April 2018, new traffic control was implemented on Bellevue Way SE from the South Bellevue park-and-ride site to the 'Y" intersection at 112th Avenue SE. Construction includes building the guideway adjacent to Bellevue Way and the trench near the Winters House. Traffic control will allow for two open lanes northbound in the morning (to downtown Bellevue) and two open lanes southbound in the afternoon (to I-90).

In August 2018, new traffic control was implemented on 112th Avenue SE to allow for the construction of a temporary bypass road on the west side of 112th Ave SE; a road-over-rail segment and continue to building the guideway.

Homes and businesses in Bellevue were mailed an informational brochure that details traffic control for Bellevue Way SE and 112th Avenue SE through fall 2018.

Bellevue Traveler Information Survey Results

In July 2017, an online survey was conducted to find out how people who commute to/from Bellevue get traveler information about Bellevue.

Access Bellevue Resources