Neighborhood Congestion Reduction

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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.

Transportation Commission considers next step for project at Sept. 26 meeting

On September 26, the Transportation Commission will consider recommended projects intended to reduce neighborhood traffic congestion. Traffic analysis reports have been prepared for the following studies:

  1. 156th Avenue SE Intersections Study (Lake Hills Boulevard, SE 16th Street, and SE 24th Street)
  2. SE 8th Street and Lake Hills Connector
  3. Lakemont Boulevard SE and Forest Drive SE
  4. Lakemont Boulevard SE and SE Newport Way
  5. 140th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street
  6. 148th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street (Anticipated completion by end of September 2019)
  7. 148th Avenue and Main Street
  8. 148th Avenue SE and Lake Hills Boulevard
  9. Eastgate Transportation Study
  10. Lake Washington Boulevard and SE 60th Street (Anticipated completion by end of October 2019)

These traffic analysis reports are posted below. 

The Transportation Commission gave input into project evaluation criteria and will now consider which projects should advance further in design and construction.

The Transportation Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m., in City Hall Conference Room 1E-113. An opportunity to give public comment is available at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda memo will be posted online at https://bellevue.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx by 8 a.m. on Friday, September 20. To receive notice of the agenda, subscribe from the Transportation Commission webpage

Contact:

  • For questions about the Transportation Commission presentation, contact Chris Long, traffic engineering manager at 425-452-6013 or clong@bellevuewa.gov
  • For questions about specific project studies, contact Jun An, project manager, at 425-452-4230 or jan@bellevuewa.gov.  

Traffic Studies

Prior to beginning the Neighborhood Congestion Reduction Program in 2017, there were a limited number of projects that had been studied and had concepts developed for addressing congestion issues. A list of potential projects was created based on community input and prior planning studies. These projects were ranked based on scoring criteria developed with the support of the Transportation Commission. Studies of the top ranked projects were kicked off in 2018. Current information and the final reports from these studies are listed below.

Design and Construction

Projects that show a great need for congestion improvement and have a concept that shows a high benefit will be the first to receive funding for design and construction. Information about Neighborhood Congestion Reduction projects that are in design or construction is provided below.

  • 112th Avenue NE Corridor Improvements: Design and construct a traffic signal at the NE 24th Street and 112th Ave NE intersection and replace root-damaged sidewalk panels to meet accessibility requirements and update curb ramps to current standards.  Install a third rectangular rapid flashing beacon mid-block pedestrian crossing on 112th Ave NE and upgrade conduit infrastructure for streetlighting system.   (Also listed under Safety and Maintenance).
     
  • 164th Avenue SE at SE Newport Way Mini-roundabout: Design and construct a mini-roundabout at the intersection.
    • Outreach materials
      • Construction alert (June 2019)
        • Intersection of 164th Ave SE/SE Newport Way will be closed for paving Sat. Sept. 21, 2019 (9 a.m.) through Sun. Sept. 22, 2019 (8 p.m.)
      • Project mailer (Aug. 2018)
         
  • 150th Avenue SE at Newport Way: Complete the design plans for widening and channelization at 150th Ave NE and SE Newport Way to reduce travel time in afternoon peak hours. NOTE: Construction for this project is not funded by the Levy. This project includes construction of a new southbound right turn lane on 150th Ave. SE at SE Newport Way. The new lane will include sidewalk from Newport Way down the west side of 150th Ave SE to the six homes along this section of the roadway.
  • School area traffic management: In partnership with the Bellevue School District, evaluate and monitor school pick up and drop off queuing operations to minimize or eliminate spill over onto city streets.