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

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.


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


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.

How property owners can help

Property owners are asked to help keep streets and sidewalks safe and clear for walkers and bicyclists: 

  • Trim back tree branches and shrubs that overhang the street or sidewalk (graphic showing trimming guidelines); more information available in the city code).
  • Clear nearby stormwater drains of leaves and other debris to help prevent street flooding. 
  • Keep the street clear of garbage and recycling containers, and other objects so sweepers can clean all the way to the curb.