East Link Current News

East Link light rail construction is now underway in Bellevue, notably in south Bellevue, Central Bellevue (Downtown) and North Bellevue (BelRed.) Construction activities will sometimes impact how you access the city. Your patience in planning your commute in advance and your understanding that construction schedules often change are appreciated.

Below are current/ongoing (short term and long term) impacts due to East Link construction listed by segment.  

South Bellevue Segment/Area          

Area is approximately 2.2 miles from I-90 to south of Main Street and includes South Bellevue Park-and-Ride (station and garage).

INTERSTATE 90 (I-90)        

  • Southbound I-405 to westbound I-90 HOV ramp closed nightly Oct. 16-18, 8pm to 5am. Construction Alert (10.11.18)
  • I-90 Bike Trail and 108th Ave SE: One lane of 108th closed between SE 34th and SE Lake Road near Enatai Beach Park, starting October 8, Monday-Friday, 7am to 6pm. during working hours, people on bicycles will be asked by flaggers to dismount. During non-work hours, metal plates will cover the work area. Work to last through early November 2018. Construction Alert (10.3.18)
  • Night work to construct long-span rail track, Monday-Friday (Saturday morning), 8pm to 7am. More information          
  • 7 a.m. start time at South Bellevue light rail station.
  • 24-hour/7-day closure Bellevue Way SE to I-90 west HOV ramp: Began April 16; last through December 28, 2018. Sound Transit’s contractor will close the Bellevue Way SE to I-90 west HOV ramp.  (Construction Alert 05.09.18

BELLEVUE WAY SOUTHEAST           

  • Single northbound lane closure Bellevue Way SE, Sat. Oct. 13, 7am to 6pm. Closure needed for trench construction. Closures expected through mid-November 2018. Construction Alert (10.11.18)
  • Traffic control through Nov. 2018:Two lanes will be maintained in the peak direction: northbound (into downtown Bellevue) for the morning commute and southbound (to I-90) in the afternoon commute.
    • Monday - Friday, 6am - 6pm. Two lanes open in morning northbound to downtown Bellevue; two lanes open in evening southbound to I-90.
    • Tuesday-Friday, 10am - 2pm. Occasional closure of two eastside lanes. One lane of traffic maintained in each direction. 
      • Read more details in city-produced mailer (published May 2018)
      • This traffic control allows for the construction of the guideway and trench near the Winters House adjacent to Bellevue Way SE.   

112th AVENUE SOUTHEAST                

  • 112th Ave SE temporary bypass road open. One lane in each direction between SE 15th Street and SE 8th Street. Traffic on 112th Ave SE will be diverted onto the new temporary bypass road. Pedestrian access available on west side of 112th Ave SE. This shift is necessary so that the road-over-rail undercrossing can be built which is estimated to take 14 months
  • Daily closures of one southbound lane of 112th Avenue SE, between Main Street and SE 8th, Mon-Fri 9 am to 4 pm.  Construction Alert (07.12.18).    
  • Sidewalk closure on 112th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 8th and Bellevue Way Southeast will shift from the eastside to the west side. One sidewalk will be maintained at all times. People walking are asked to follow the signed detour route, crossing at the signalized intersections located at Southeast 8th and Bellevue Way Southeast.  Construction Alert (05.03.18).    

ADDITIONAL ONGOING IMPACTS   

  • Sound wall construction between 111th Ave SE and 112th Ave SE starts May 14. Grading and construction of slope between the rail guideway and wall, excavation, rebar installation, concrete pour to occur before wall installation. Details and map in Construction Alert (05.17.18)   
  • Surrey Downs Park access: The north entrance from 112th Avenue SE to Surrey Downs Park and the parking area closed Feb. 15, 2018. The Park closed April 2 for construction as part of the Surrey Downs Park Master Plan. Walk in entrance to the Park is available at 111th Ave SE, 111th Pl SE and at the intersection of SE 6th St and 110th Ave                                              
  • Pilot turn restrictions at SE 16th St/108th Ave and SE 16th St/Bellevue Way extended through duration of light rail constructionRead the details about the pilot program.                     
  • Winters House Protection and Monitoring underwayMore information in Construction Alert.(09.06.17) 
  • SE 15th Street temporarily closed during construction. Workers and visitors needing to access Bellefield Office Park will use 114th Ave SE from SE 8th Street.
  • SE 4th Street entrance from 112th Avenue SE permanently closed. .City sent postcard to Surrey Downs and Bellecrest neighbors. 
  • Winters House closed during construction.  The Eastside Heritage Center's archive and research services has been relocated. To access the collection, call 425-450-1109 or email collections@eastsideheritagecenter.org
  • South Bellevue Park and Ride closed during construction. Commuters are asked not to park within Bellevue neighborhoods.      

    Central Bellevue Segment/Area

    Area includes East Main, Bellevue Downtown, Wilburton and Spring District/120th Stations. The downtown tunnel is located in the area but was contracted separately.                          

    110TH AVENUE NORTHEAST               

    • I-405 lane and ramp closures planned for Oct. 17, 10pm to 5am. Overnight closure needed to pour concrete in preparation of guideway. Work is weather dependent and may occur the following night or rescheduled. Construction Alert and Map (10.11.18) Closure areas include:
      • Northbound I-405 off-ramp and southbound on-ramp to/from NE 6th St.
      • Eastbound NE 8th Street on-ramp to southbound I-405.
      • Southbound I-405 HOV lane and one left lane from NE 10th to Main Street
      • Northbound I-405 lane and one left lane from NE 10th to Main Street
    • Southbound 110th Ave NE closed, NE 2nd Place to NE 3rd Place: Closure begins April 16, 2018 and will last approximately six months. The southbound lanes will be closed to allow excavation and construction of a tunnel ventilation and access shaft to the main tunnel beneath 110th.  A detour will be established for southbound traffic. (Construction alert)              
    • Long-term lane closures on 110th Ave NE by City Hall           
      • Starting July 9, 2018: Partial closure through spring 2019; one lane of traffic; each direction between NE 4th and NE 6th streets (Phase 2).Construction Alert (07.05.18)  
      • Full closure spring -winter 2019 in northern portion needed for road restoration (Phase 3). 

    CITY HALL 

    • NE 6th Street access to City Hall is permanently closed.
    • Watch time lapse video of construction
    • Watch video on how best to access City Hall during light rail construction (Dec. 2017)
    • Read brochure on how best to access City Hall during light rail construction (July 2018)  

    ADDITIONAL ONGOING IMPACTS  

    North Bellevue Segment/Area (BelRed)

    The Bel-Red/130th Station and the Operations and Maintenance Facility-East are located in this area which is approximately 1 mile from 124th Ave NE to SR520.        

    • 136th Place NE - One-way traffic shift starts Mon. Sept. 24 through Spring 2019. Only northbound traffic allowed on 136th (toward NE 20th Street); traffic switch to west side of roadway. No right or left turns onto 13th Place NE from NE 20th. Access to businesses on 136th Place NE available. Closure needed for utility work and light rail infrastructure.      
    • NE Spring Blvd all-lane, 24/7 hour closure between 132nd Ave NE and 134th Ave NE starting July 23, 2018 for approximately one year. No through traffic allowed. Business access available. Follow detour. Closure needed to conduct deep trench excavation, wall construction and culvert installation. Construction alert and map (07.13.18)                   
    • Construction updates on City transportation improvements in the BelRed area
    • More information about the Operations and Maintenance Facility-East

    Overlake-SR 520 Segment/Area

    The Overlake Village and Redmond Technology stations are located in this area and includes approximately 1.8 miles along the south edge of SR520 from 136th Place NE to the Overlake Transit Center.  

    • Southbound 156th Ave NE at SR 520 will be closed nightly from Sept. 24 to Oct. 19, 9 pm-6 am, while Sound Transit contractor installs new sewer line. Work scheduled at night to  is scheduled at night to minimize significant traffic disruptions. Signed detour routes will be available for vehicles and pedestrians.        
    • Overlake Transit Center/Pedestrian path closes between SR 520 bus stop at NE 40th St and the transit center entrance at NE 36th St. starting July 9. Construction alert and map (07.02.18)
    • Overlake Transit Center Park and Ride closed May 1, 2017. Commuters are asked not to park within Bellevue neighborhoods.
    • City of Redmond East Link construction information.

    Interstate 90 Segment/Area                          

    Area includes 7 miles from International District/Chinatown Station (Seattle) to the east end of the East Channel Bridge. Work is located within the existing center lanes of I-90.  

    Information resources

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    Contact

    Sound Transit East Link Outreach/City of Bellevue Outreach

    Telephone

    206-398-5465 Sound Transit/425-452-2064 City of Bellevue

    Emergency Phone Number

    1-888-298-2395 (Sound Transit 24-hour construction hotline)

    Email

    mjensen@bellevuewa.gov

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