Access Bellevue

The Access Bellevue initiative is a collaborative communications effort to keep the public informed about East Link light rail and surrounding construction occurring in Bellevue.

Access Bellevue: Lane and ramp closures to plan for | Woman’s March | Transit Service Changes (Jan. 19, 2018)

    Lane and ramp closures to plan for this weekend and next week

     As you head out this weekend and next week, below are lane closures you might want     to plan for. View on traffic advisories map.

  • NE 8th between 140th Ave NE and 143rd Ave NE: Ongoing through Jan. 31. Stevenson Elementary utility work. Mon, Tue, Thurs, and Fri, 9 am to 3 pm. Jan. 21-22 and Jan. 27-28, Sat-Sun, 7 am to 5 pm. 
  • NE 8th and 140th Ave NE intersection: Jan. 22-26, Mon-Fri, 7 am to 3:30 pm. Lane closures will impact traffic.
  • East Link light rail construction 
    • I-90 to Bellevue Way SE- three ramps from I-90 to Bellevue Way SE closed: All lanes of Bellevue Way SE will remain open and drivers traveling southbound on Bellevue Way SE will continue to have access to eastbound and westbound I-90. Sat, Jan. 20, 5:30 am through Sun, Jan. 21, 9 pm. Wed, Jan. 24, 9 pm through Thurs, Jan. 25, 5 am. 
    • NE 8th between 116th Ave NE and 120th Ave NE: Closing 1 westbound lane and 1 eastbound lane to remove median island on Saturday 1/20 from 9 am to 6 pm.
    • NE Spring Blvd immediately east of 132nd Ave NE: Jan. 24 - 26, 7 am to 5 pm. Hard closure for east/west access to/from NE Spring Blvd and lane shifts on 132nd Ave NE for paving and excavation work. 
    • Eastbound SR 520 to Northbound 148th Ave. NE ramp closure: Jan. 22 -29, from 10 pm to 5 am. 
    • Nightly closures of 136th Place NE between NE Spring Blvd and NE 20th Street: Through Jan. 19, 8 pm to 6 am. Roadway open during day time; business access will maintained at night. 
    • Pilot turn restrictions at SE 16th St/108th Ave and SE 16th St/Bellevue Way.  Details about the pilot program. Features now in effect
      • No access to 108th Avenue SE south of SE 16th Street from southbound 108th Ave SE. In effect: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Transit and bicyclists exempt.
      • No access to southbound Bellevue Way from westbound SE 16th St at Bellevue Way SE. In effect: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Transit and bicyclists exempt.
      • Intersection of SE 16th Street/108th Ave SE is now an "all-way stop" intersection and in effect at all times. All motorists must comply.
    • Island Crest Way closures Sat. Jan. 20, 7 am to 3 pm for utility work. Eastbound Island Crest Way HOV off-ramp; eastbound Island Crest Way general purpose off-ramp (Exit 7B) and westbound Island Crest Way HOV on-ramp to be closed.
    • I-90 Ramp closure and weekend work for Mercer Island station construction. Through March 2: Island Crest Way westbound HOV on-ramp closures Mon-Fri, 9 am to 3 pm. Drivers can use the West Mercer Way and 76th Avenue SE westbound on-ramps.
  • Attending Saturday’s Women’s March 2.0? Take Metro or Sound Transit

    Metro and Sound Transit provide many options for getting to the Seattle Women’s March 2.0 on Saturday. Link light rail serves Capitol Hill and Cal Anderson Park, where the event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Those planning to take Link can ride from 15 other stations between the University of Washington and Angle Lake. Customers also can ride Metro and Sound Transit to downtown and join the march from there.

    Website links: Sound Transit | King County Metro

    I-90 Service Changes coming in September 2018: Online open house, drop in sessions to learn more

    As part of East Link light rail construction, the Rainier Freeway station at I-90 will close for five years beginning in September 2018. It will reopen as Judkins Park Link Station in 2023. Most bus routes that currently serve the Rainier Freeway Station will bypass the area, but Routes 554, 217, and select Route 212 trips will serve new stops on Rainier Avenue South subject to board approval. The transit-only roadway that connects the Rainier Freeway Station to Downtown Seattle will also close, leading to modest increases in travel time. Metro and Sound Transit will invest in lane and signal improvements to help with bus traffic flow.

    Visiting online open house:

    NOTE: Drop in session planned for Jan. 23, 3:30-7 pm, Bellevue Transit Center platform.    

Access Bellevue City Hall during light rail construction

Bellevue City Hall is an active construction zone for the East Link light rail project. Learn how to best access City Hall 

Access Bellevue mailer

In September 2017, homes and businesses in Bellevue received an "Access Bellevue" mailer intended to inform readers about construction projects, most specifically East Link, occurring in the city and to provide resource information to learn more.

Bellevue Traveler Information Survey Results

In July 2017, an online survey was conducted to find out how people who commute to/from Bellevue get traveler information about Bellevue.

Access Bellevue Resources    


Marie JensenEast Link Outreach Lead



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