Congestion reduction projects ease traffic congestion within, near and between neighborhoods, making it easier for people to get to homes, jobs, schools and shopping. Approximately $2 million of levy funding supports the Neighborhood Congestion Reduction program annually. Project descriptions, project costs and levy funding are subject to change. The following projects, along with all Levy-funded projects, can be found on an interactive map.
Design and Construction
Projects that show a great need for congestion improvement and have a concept that shows a high benefit are funded for design and construction. Information about Neighborhood Congestion Reduction projects that are in design or construction is provided below.
- 112th Avenue NE Corridor Improvements: Designed and constructed a traffic signal at the NE 24th Street and 112th Avenue NE intersection and replaced root-damaged sidewalk panels to meet accessibility requirements and updated curb ramps to current standards. Installed a third flashing beacon at the mid-block pedestrian crossing on 112th Avenue NE and upgraded conduit infrastructure for street lighting system. Construction was completed in 2022 (Also listed under Neighborhood Safety and Maintenance).
- 150th Avenue SE at Newport Way: Completed the design plans for widening and channelization at 150th Ave NE and SE Newport Way to reduce travel time in afternoon peak hours. Design completed March 2019. NOTE: Construction for this project was not funded by the Levy. This project included construction of a new southbound right turn lane on 150th Avenue SE at SE Newport Way. The new lane includes sidewalk from Newport Way down the west side of 150th Avenue SE to the six homes along this section of the roadway.
- 164th Avenue SE at SE Newport Way Mini-roundabout: Designed and constructed a mini-roundabout at the intersection. Completed March 2020.
- SE 38th Street and Factoria Boulevard Intersection Channelization: Re-channelized the westbound approach of SE 38th Street to add a second westbound left turn lane. Construction completed in spring 2022.
Projects under construction
- Lake Hills Boulevard & 148th Avenue SE Improvements: Widen east leg of the intersection to add a second dedicated left turn lane. Construction started early September 2022. This project was delayed due to issues with a new signal pole installed on the northwest corner of the intersection. The new pole is now installed, but the project is waiting for dry weather to finish the channelization
- Construction alert (September 2022)
Projects in planning/design
- 150th Ave SE Congestion Relief Improvements: Add a new southbound lane from Landerholm Circle to SE 38th Street, intersection improvements at 150th Avenue SE and Eastgate Way including a second northbound left turn pocket on 150th Avenue SE and a second westbound receiving lane on Eastgate Way, intersection improvements at 150th Avenue SE and SE 37th Street consisting of a second left turn pocket westbound and a second right turn pocket eastbound (I-90 off ramp) at Eastgate Way, widening SE 37th Street to improve access to the I-90 eastbound on-ramp, rechannelizing all lanes on the 150th Avenue SE/I-90 overpass, as well as water, sewer and storm drainage improvements. Levy funding for design only; construction funded through a grant and other city funding. Construction expected to begin summer 2025.
- Lake Hills Boulevard & 156th Avenue SE Improvements: Remove all-way stop and add a traffic signal. More information on project webpage. Construction expected summer 2024. For background information on the traffic study, go to the Neighborhood Congestion Reduction webpage.
- Lake Hills Connector & SE 8th Street Improvements: Widen the south leg to accommodate a second northbound left turn pocket.