Streets and Sidewalks

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The Transportation Department maintains and repairs streets, traffic signs, guardrails, sidewalks, walkways, traffic markings and trails in the right of way.

To report the following, please call the Operations and Maintenance 24-hour emergency response line at 425-452-7840:

  • Potholes (response target is within 24 hours)
  • Hazardous road conditions, such as downed trees, snow and ice, etc.
  • Down or damaged stop signs or yield signs
  • Flooding
  • Sidewalk concerns

Street Sweeping

Bellevue's 1,100-plus lane miles of roadway are swept on the following schedule:
  • Signed bike lanes - twice a month
  • Main arterials - once a month
  • Residential streets - two to three times a year.

After snow and ice events, sweepers are temporarily taken off regular routes to remove traction sand from roads for safety and environmental reasons.

Property owners are asked to help the street sweeping effort by trimming back tree branches and shrubs that overhang the street or sidewalk (diagram showing trimming guidelines). More information is available in the city code.

Residential streets are swept on weekdays, by area, using an arterial sweeping priority map.

Pavement restriping program

Having fresh, visible paint on streets is important, providing clear delineation between lanes so people who drive, bicycle or walk can easily see them. The city’s annual pavement restriping program typically runs for approximately two weeks in late July or early August, and covers approximately 200 lanes miles of roadway.

Most of the white paint used is for “fog lines” along the sides of roadways, and for bike lanes; yellow paint is used for center lanes. Most arterial streets in Bellevue have raised pavement markings as lane delineators, which do not require painting. Once applied, the paint takes about five minutes to dry and drivers must stay off it during that time. 

Drivers can help out paint crews by making sure their vehicles are not parked on the fog line, leaving at least 12 inches of clearance. The cost for citywide restriping is about $125,000 annually.

Sidewalks

The city cleans sidewalks along main arterials once a year. Residents and property managers are asked to maintain sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

Trees

It is illegal to cut or top a tree in the right of way. If a tree falls into the street or other public right of way, please call Operations and Maintenance at 425-452-7840. If a tree falls on your property, call a tree removal company.

If you have yard debris service with Republic Services, the company will pick up branches less than four inches in diameter and under four feet in length. Please put them into your green yard debris container or bundle them and tie with natural twine or rope; then place at the curb on your regular pickup day. Do not put branches or vegetation debris in the street. For larger branches, call a tree removal company.