East Link News

East Link light rail construction is underway 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 405 (I-405) and INTERSTATE 90 (I-90)

  • I-405 to westbound I-90 nightly ramp closures and lane reductions on westbound I-90. Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 30, 8pm to 5am. Work is weather dependent. For details on dates and locations, see Construction Alert (05.24.19)

BELLEVUE WAY SOUTHEAST    

  • CANCELLED: West side of Bellevue Way SE between 112th Ave SE and 113th Ave SE: Sidewalk and driveway construction, which began in April 19, will continue the weekend of May 18-19. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. No turns will be allowed from Bellevue Way SE to 113th Avenue SE. Construction Alert (05.16.19)
  • Bellevue Way SE: Traffic control re-established as 2 lanes northbound into downtown Bellevue (5am to 12pm) and 2 lanes southbound to I-90 (2pm to 6pm) starting Jan. 2019. See graphic
    • Eastside curb lane closed 5am; work begins at 7am.
    • Drivers need to access 112th Ave SE need to be in the farthest right open lane.
    • Occasional weekend closures through 2020.  

112th AVENUE SOUTHEAST   

  • 112th Ave SE/SE 8th Street intersection modification starts Feb. 26; lasting approximately 7 months. Southbound configuration from 112th Ave SE to SE 8th St will have only one turn lane. Work hours 7am - 6pm. Sidewalk and pedestrian path remain open. Construction Alert and map (02.22.19)  
  • 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
  • 112th Avenue SE daily lane closures as needed, between Main Street and SE 8th, Mon-Fri 9 am to 4 pm.  Construction Alert (12.28.18)
  • 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 is closed. The Park is open now that construction as part of the Surrey Downs Park Master Plan is complete. 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 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. 

    INTERSTATE 405 (I-405)

    • I-405 between NE 10th Street and Main Street overnight ramp closures Mon. April 29 - Thr. May 2.. Closures needed to remove form work from elevated guideway. Obey flaggers and detour signs. Work is weather dependent Construction Alert and map. (04.24.19)      
      • 4/29-4/30: Northbound I-405 off-ramp and the southbound on-ramp to/from NE 6th Street closed 9pm to 5am. Northbound I-405 HOV lane and 2 left lanes from NE 10 Street to Main Street closed 10pm to 5am. 
      • 5/1-5/2: NE 4th Street to northbound I-405 on-ramp closed 10pm to 5am. NE 8th Street off-ramp via northbound I-405 (Exit 13B) closed 10pm to 5am..
           

    116TH AVENUE NORTHEAST                               

    • Full closure on 116th Ave NE, from NE 8th to NE 4th Street: Fully closed Wednesday, 5/22 and Thursday, 5/23, nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to set girders and install handrails above the roadway. Construction Alert (05.16.19)

    112TH AVENUE NORTHEAST                               

    • Full closure on 112th Ave NE, from NE 6th to NE 4th Street: Fully closed Monday, 5/20 and Tuesday, 5/21, nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to set girders and install handrails. Construction Alert (05.16.19)

    110TH AVENUE NORTHEAST                               

    • Southbound 110th Ave NE closed, NE 2nd Place to NE 3rd Place: Closure began April 2018 and will last through 2019. Closure needed for 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 one mile from 124th Ave NE to SR520.
           
    NE SPRING BOULEVARD

    • Intersection closure of 132nd Ave NE and NE Spring Blvd: Mon., June 3 through early August 2019. Access to businesses will be maintained. On-street parking restrictions on 132nd Ave NE. Detours in place. Construction alert (05.24.19)
    • NE Spring Blvd one way traffic shifts to north side of roadway starting May 20.  Eastbound traffic on NE Spring Boulevard between 134th Avenue NE and 136th Place NE will continue be maintained. Construction Alert and map. (05.15.19)
    • 132nd Ave NE/NE Spring Blvd intersection nighttime closures, Mon. April 29 through Fri. May 24. Local access to businesses maintained; on-street parking restrictions in place on 132nd. Construction Alert and map (04.19.19)        
    • NE Spring Blvd/136th Place NE intersection closure (extending to 137th Place NE), starting April 8 through July 2019. Only one-way eastbound on NE Spring Blvd. Local access maintained to businesses on 137th Place NE. Schedule subject to change. Construction Alert (03.29.19)                     
    • NE Spring Blvd one-way traffic starts Jan. 14 through April 2019. Westbound lane on NE Spring Blvd closed between 134th Ave NE and 136th Place NE. Construction alert and map (01.04.19)
    • NE Spring Blvd all-lane, 24/7 hour closure between 132nd Ave NE and 134th Ave NE starting July 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)   
       

    136TH PLACE NE

    • 136th Place NE/NE 20th Street intersection nightly closures Fri. May 10, Mon. May 13- Fri. May 17 and Mon. May 20 - Fri. May 24, 8pm to 6am. Construction alert and map. (05.07.19)
    • Nighttime closures extended: 136th Place NE from NE Spring Blvd to NE 20th Street: extended through Fri. May 31. Mon. - Thurs., 8pm to 6am. Construction Alert (05.24.19)
    • 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 136th Place NE from NE 20th. Access to businesses on 136th Place NE available. Closure needed for utility work and light rail infrastructure. 
    • NE 20th St/136th Place NE: Eastbound lane reduction (to one lane) on NE 20th Street, Jan. 10 through April 2019. Right turn only restriction on 136th Pl NE as needed, 6pm to 7am. Construction alert and map (01.04.19)

    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.  

    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.  

             
    • 80th Ave westbound HOV off-ramp closed, May 15-17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Island Crest Way westbound off-ramp open. Closure needed for utility and storm sewer work. Construction alert and map (05.10.19)
    • Rainier Ave South HOV lanes/I-90: long term closure. Starting Dec. 10, 2018 through late 2020. Closure needed for construction of Judkins Park light rail station. Construction alert and map (12.06.18). 
    • East Channel Bridge/Suspended Work Platform Installation starts Feb. 16. Work begins to install a work platform beneath the East Channel Bridge and will be visible from Enatai Beach Park. Details in Construction Alert (02.08.18)    
    • City of Mercer Island East Link construction information                 

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    Contact

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    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)

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