The City of Bellevue Transportation Department is planning improvements to the pedestrian trail that runs from Northup Way to NE 15th Street. This trail provides an efficient link between schools and residences to the north and Crossroads Mall and the Crossroads Community Center to the south.
- Upgrade the trail surface and widen a section where the walkway is narrow
- Extend trail at the south end through the Crossroads Apartments parking lot and connect to Northeast 15th Street (dashed yellow line on map above)
- Remove several trees located in the walkway area that pose a potential hazard and/or constrain path improvements
- Repair or replace fencing at select locations
- Add plantings and lighting at select locations
- Install trash cans and enhance the level of trail maintenance
In its current condition, the trail has limited user appeal and has been a source of concern for neighbors. Parts of the trail have a narrow walking area and uneven surface. Lack of public access rights at the south end, through the Crossroads Apartments, has constrained the ability to fully develop the trail and mark it as a through connection.
In 2017, city staff worked with the owner of the Crossroads Apartments to secure an easement needed to fully develop the trail from Northup to NE 15th Street. The intent is to develop an attractive, useful route that accommodates strollers and wheelchairs. It's anticipated more people will use the trail, helping to reduce vandalism and loitering.
Another concern in this area is a vacant corridor extending east from the Sonora detention pond. The corridor, intended as a link in a future pedestrian connection, currently dead-ends at the east edge of the Sonora development . An alternative alignment along NE 15th Street and Crossroads Park has been identified and city staff are available to provide guidance to Sonora homeowners about options for this corridor.
- June 9, 2018: Project open house
- Fall 2018/Spring 2019: Complete project design
- 2019: Secure permits and construction easements
- Spring 2020: Construction
Anticipated project cost is approximately $800,000, funded by the City’s Pedestrian Access Improvement Program (CIP PW-W/B-56), with support from the Neighborhood Partnerships Program (NIS-2).