Meydenbauer Flood Control Project

Project overview

Why is the project necessary?

During extreme storms, the City has seen significant flooding in the vicinity of NE 8th St and 100th Ave NE, which impacts people who live, work and shop in the area. In 2013, intense rainfall caused flooding onto private property on two separate occasions, causing property damage and disrupting the community.

The Meydenbauer Flood Control Project addresses this recurrent street flooding by constructing a bypass pipeline to better carry stormwater during heavy rains.

The project also optimizes the capacity of the existing storm drain system on 100th Ave NE between NE 8th St and NE 12th St, and will replace the storm drain on the west side of 100th Ave NE between NE 10th St and NE 12th St.

The city anticipates that the project will significantly reduce flooding in the area, without creating new flooding locations downstream. The project will greatly reduce flooding along 100th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street.

Meydenbauer Basin Project Map

Project location:

The project is located near NE 8th St and 100th Ave NE, within Bellevue’s Central Business District. See map.

Construction timeline:

Construction will begin May 18, 2020 on NE 4th Street in between the Bellevue Square Mall and Downtown Park. Work will be performed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

However, work at the intersection of NE 8th Street and 100th Avenue will take place over one weekend from 10 p.m. on Friday to Sunday afternoon (exact weekend to be decided).

Impacts to traffic and street access:

During construction, NE 4th Street will be closed to through traffic between Bellevue Way and 100th Ave NE.

Access to Bellevue Square Mall and the Mondrian Condominiums will be maintained, including traffic and retail pickup service access. 

See more information on specific impacts to residents, businesses, commuters, and visitors in FAQs below.

Project contractor and costs:

The City has contracted with Shoreline Construction Company to build the Meydenbauer Basin NE 8th and 100th Flood Control Project. In total, the project will cost $5.6 million.

Onsite project contact:

Brian James, Senior Utilities Construction Inspector
206-423-9451 (cell) | 425-452-5286 (desk)
bjames@bellevuewa.gov

Other FAQs

Will construction stop for special events?
Construction in the street will pause for the July 4 holiday (no work starting noon July 3), the Bellevue arts fair weekend, Susan G. Komen Day for the Cure, Memorial Day and Labor Day (Please note: due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gathering, exact dates for these events are undetermined. Construction work will schedule interruptions as event dates are decided.)

How will the construction affect shopping in the area?
Access will be maintained to all shopping areas, the Bellevue Mall, and stores near the construction site, including access for retail pickup service.

How will construction impact transit?
King County Metro will alert riders with route revisions, temporary bus stops and other updates, and enables signups for alerts from them.

How will construction impact pedestrians?
When a sidewalk needs to be closed, the city will provide a detour route that meets standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Meydenbauer Basin Project Proposed Traffic Map

How will the city mitigate the impact of construction site noise?
The city has communicated with residents and businesses in the vicinity of the construction site to provide them with information about what they can expect during the construction of the Meydenbauer Flood Control Project. This page will be updated on a regular basis to inform people about the weekend in which construction will take place.

How will the city mitigate the impact of street closures and lane reductions?
Detour routes will be posted when streets and sidewalks need to be closed. Check Traffic Advisories for the latest information about construction work that can affect travel on city streets and sidewalks.

Where will construction equipment be stored?
The construction contractor for the project will typically store construction equipment onsite. However, during holidays and special events, the equipment will need to be taken down, removed from the Right-of-Way, and stored elsewhere to allow full use of the street.

Where will the construction equipment be stored during holidays and special events?
The construction equipment that is removed from the Right-of-Way during holidays and special events may be temporarily stored at a nearby City of Bellevue property: 508 99th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

How long will the construction equipment be stored on this offsite property?
This property may be used for up to a week at a time on several occasions during construction.

Will this temporary storage activity have any impacts on the area?
Should this property be utilized as a temporary storage site for construction equipment, the City of Bellevue will install new sidewalks at the property to help restore the area.

Community Engagement

In Fall 2019, the City of Bellevue conducted outreach to Condominium Associations and other residential apartments in the vicinity of the project site. The City also sent out a flyer in the mail to residents and businesses that might be affected by construction.

In May 2020, the City of Bellevue sent out a flyer in the mail to residents who might be affected by the temporary storage of construction equipment near the project site.

Please contact Jessica Guthrie (JGuthrie@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-5215) if you would like to meet with city staff regarding this project. .

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