One familiar, even reassuring sign for the future: the city’s annual repaving season kicks off this week.
The first asphalt resurfacing project for the 2020 Bellevue Pavement Preservation Program will happen in the Yarrow Bay Village neighborhood.
Program highlights for 2020:
- The city aims to repave about 35 lane miles, including a few miles left over from last year’s program. In 2019, crews smoothed out 37 lane miles; the historical average is approximately 20 lane miles per year.
- City contractors this season will focus on repaving in the North Bellevue, BelRed and Lake Hills areas.
- Also, part of this year’s work will be the replacement of 57 curb ramps to better serve people who walk and roll.
Repaving work in most neighborhoods takes about one week and does involve some inconvenience to residents. We appreciate your patience as we work to make streets smoother and safer.
Now in its 34th year, the Pavement Preservation Program uses a biennial pavement condition survey and analysis system to prioritize which streets and sidewalks need to be repaved in a given year.
This approach saves money over time by avoiding the need to do complete roadway reconstruction, which can cost many times more than repaving. The program’s annual budget, usually in the $5 to $7 million range, also covers bridge inspections and maintenance.