Northup Way Connection

Project update

Work continues on Northup Way near the intersections of 116th Avenue Northeast, just east of the I-405 overpass and 124th Avenue Northeast. Drivers should expect long delays and are encouraged to use alternative routes, such as BelRed Road/Northeast 12th Street when traveling east or westbound, or 124th Avenue Northeast when traveling north or southbound (avoiding 120th Avenue Northeast, which is closed between Northeast 12th and 16th streets for a separate road project).

Final paving on Northup and substantial completion of the project is expected in July 2017, with some landscaping work taking place after that.

Ongoing weekday operations

Construction work on Northup Way, between 116th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 33rd Place, began in February 2016. Typical work hours are 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional night or weekend work. The posted speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph in the construction zone. Travelers should expect traffic delays. Please obey signs and flaggers and allow extra time to reach your destination. Bicyclists should be cautious and slow down due to uneven pavement. Bus stops may need to be moved a short distance to accommodate construction.

Northup Way connection to SR 520 Trail

Northup Way is a major east-west corridor in north Bellevue, yet it has no pedestrian or bicycle route between 108th Avenue Northeast and image of pedestrian bridge installationNortheast 24th Street.

The state Department of Transportation and the City of Bellevue are partnering to make long-envisioned improvements on the segment.

The new bike lanes will link to the recently completed SR 520 regional trail to the west and an existing trail off Northeast 24th Street to the east. The City of Bellevue is the lead agency for the project.

Planned improvements

This project will build bike lanes and sidewalk on both sides of Northup Way between NE 33rd Street and NE 24th Street. Other features will include a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Eastside Rail Corridor (former BNSF railway), two mid-block pedestrian crossings, green bike lanes in select areas, street lighting, landscaping and irrigation. The project will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along the corridor and provide access to and from nearby commercial buildings, transit facilities, and neighborhoods. It also will connect with other recently completed or planned regional transportation projects, such as the SR-520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project, the SR-520 Regional Trail, the Lake Washington Loop, the Cross Kirkland Connection, the Eastside Rail Corridor, and the restriping of 116th Avenue NE to include bike lanes.

Aerial view, Northup at NE 33rd Place:

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Aerial view, Northup at 116th Ave. NE:

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Section drawing:

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Construction began in early 2016 and is expected to be complete by 2018. 


The project cost is approximately $13.2 million, with $8 million is being funded by WSDOT and $2.2 million by a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant.



Steve CostaProject Manager




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