East Link Current News

East Link light rail construction is now underway in Bellevue, notably in South Bellevue, downtown and BelRed. The 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. This page contains construction updates and impacts as they become known and are listed by segment area.

 Specific questions can best be answered by Sound Transit, the agency building East Link. (See contact box to the right). Additional resources:

To keep you moving, city resources on road conditions include:

General News       

South Bellevue Segment/Area          

INTERSTATE 90 (I-90)        

  • Nighttime closures of southbound I-405 to westbound I-90 HOV ramp and I-90 westbound HOV lane between I-405 and East Channel Bridge. Begins 6/17; 9pm to 5am. To build elevated guideway. Expect noise. Work allowed per Expanded Work Hours Permit. (Construction Alert 06.12.18) 
  • 24-hour closure Bellevue Way SE to I-90 west HOV ramp: Beginning Mon, 4/16, for approximately 120 days, Sound Transit’s contractor will close the Bellevue Way SE to I-90 west HOV ramp.  (Construction Alert 05.09.18


  • New 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. (Details and graphic in construction alert 04.18.18) 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.
  • Reversible lane traffic: In order to work in the eastside curb lane while maintaining two lanes of traffic in the peak direction (northbound 6-10 a.m. and southbound 2-6 p.m.) crews will use the 'southbound center lane' as a reversible traffic lane. At times, northbound vehicles will travel in what is normally a southbound lane. (Construction alert 05.09.18)        

112th AVENUE SOUTHEAST          

  • Sheet pile barrier removal starts May 15; lasts 4 weeks. Typical work hours 7am - 3pm but contractor can extend to 6pm. Heavy machinery needed to remove the sheet pile barrier; expect noise. (Construction Alert 05.17.18).
  • Daily closures of one northbound lane of 112th Avenue SE, between Bellevue Way SE and Main Street. Mon-Fri, 9 am to 4pm  Construction Alert (06.06.18).
  • 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 (06.06.18).
  • As  needed, one southbound lane may close between SE 8th Street and Bellevue Way SE: Mon-Fri, 7am to 3pm.  Construction Alert (06.06.18).
  • 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).    
  • Phased traffic control coming to 112th Ave SE. Learn more. 

ADDITIONAL 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 modified and extended, starting Jan. 13, 2018Read the details about the pilot program.  Features in effect Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.                     
  • 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.      
    • Display boards from May 31, 2017 Open House. See construction zones. Learn about construction activities. View schematic of South Bellevue station and art. See areas where construction work hours are extended. Link to display boards (PDF)

    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.       

    The following construction activities are allowed during nighttime per the city-issued Expanded Work Hours Permit (#17-102696 LY).                    

    • 112th Ave NE between NE 4th St and NE 6th St. One left southbound and one left northbound lane closure on Mon. 6/11, 9pm to 6am. Girder installation Construction Alert (06.07.18)
    • NE 8th Street between 116th Ave NE and 120th Ave NE. Full closure 6/14, 6/18 and 6/25-28. Girder installation and installation of temporary wood decking system (falsework). Construction Alert (06.07.18) 
    • 116th Ave NE between NE 8th St and NE 4th St. Full closure 6/21 and 7/18-19. (NOTE: 6/19-20 closure cancelled) Girder installation and installation of temporary wood decking system (falsework). Construction Alert (06.07.18)  
    • Additional night work 6/11-15 includes girder installation along the alignment on 1116th Ave NE to NE 8th St.

    110TH AVENUE NORTHEAST               

    • Southbound 110th Ave NE closed, NE 2nd Place to NE 3rd Place: Closure begins 4/16 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 closure on 110th Ave NE began Oct. 9, 2017. A full closure (all lanes, all directions, 24-hour) will begin in the northern portion of 110th Ave NE - from the driveway at City Hall up to NE 6th St. Details and map in Construction Alert (09.18.17)       
      • Phase 1: Full closure is scheduled for 9 months (through spring 2018); needed to build north tunnel portal.
      • Phase 2: Partial closure (spring 2018-winter 2018); one lane of traffic; each direction to open
      • Phase 3: Full closure (winter 2018-spring 2019) in northern portion needed for road restoration. 

    • 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 (Oct. 2017)  


    BelRed Segment/Area

    The Bel-Red/130th Station and the Operations and Maintenance Facility-East are located in this area.               

    • 120th Ave NE temporary traffic control installed June 25. North- and southbound traffic controlled; one lane in each direction for two weeks. (Construction Alert 06.14.18)
    • 134th Ave NE/NE Spring Blvd nightly closures June 18-early July 2018, 8pm to 6am, Mon-Thurs. On-street parking restrictions. Sidewalk closure. Pedestrian detour in place. Local access available. Construction Alert (06.06.18)
    • 136th Place NE/One-way traffic control starts Sat. May 19, 2018. Southbound lane closed on 136th Place NE. All traffic can only travel northbound from NE Spring Blvd towards NE 20th St. No right turns allowed onto 136th Place NE from NE 20th St. Driveway access to businesses on 136th Pl NE will be open. Construction Alert (05.08.18)        
    • Mid-Block 24-hour closure on 130th Ave NE near NE 15th place: Begins Mon. 4/23, through early July 2018. Crews will install a new sewer line underneath 130th Ave NE. Closure in effect 24-hours; work to occur throughout closure time. Through traffic will be prohibited during this closure, business access will be maintained. (Construction alert 04.05.18)
    • 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.            

    Interstate 90 Segment/Area                          


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