East Link Current News

East Link construction is in high gear; Stay informed

East Link light rail construction in Bellevue is increasing. By the summer of 2017, all segments within the city will have construction activities that will sometimes impact your how you access Bellevue. Your patience in planning your commute in advance and your understanding the 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   

  • Utility work on Bellevue Way wrapping up. Last weekend closure: Nov. 18-19. See below. 
  • Pilot turn restrictions at SE 16th St/108th Ave and SE 16th St/Bellevue Way Three-month pilot to discourage commuter traffic in neighborhoods during East Link construction on Bellevue Way and 112th Ave SE. Read the details about the pilot program.  Citations will be issued to motorists found in violation.
    • SE 16th St and 108th Ave SE: ongoing until December 2017. No through on southbound 108th Ave SE at SE 16th St, Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm
    • SE 16th St and Bellevue Way: ongoing until December 2017. No through on westbound SE 16th St or southbound on Bellevue Way from SE 16th St, Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm 
  • East Link updates to the City Council - Subscribe to receive City Council Agendas    

South Bellevue Segment/Area

  • Bellevue Way/I-90 ramps closed weekend of Nov.18-19. All lanes of Bellevue Way SE between the Wye at 112th Ave SE and all ramps between Bellevue Way SE and I-90 will be closed. Closure begins Sat. Nov. 18 at 5:30 a.m. through Sun. Nov. 19 9 p.m. Details in Construction Alert (11.15.17)
  • Northbound lanes of 112th Ave SE between Bellevue Way SE and SE 15th are expected to open by Mon. Nov. 20 and remain open between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
  • Early morning work near Sweyolocken Boat Launch Nov. 18-22. To prepare for drilled shaft work. City permit approved for Expanded Exempt Work Hours. Area map of expanded exempt work hours.
    • Sat. Nov. 18: As early as 6 a.m., traffic control set up prior to preparing site for drilled shaft work. Drilled shaft work includes excavation and grading.
    • Sun. Nov 19: As early as 5 a.m. Begin pouring concrete for shaft.
    • Mon. Nov. 20-Wed. Nov. 22: As early as  5 a.m.; end by 3 p.m. to reopen Bellevue Way to I-90 west HOV ramp. Grading an access road in advance of drill shaft work.
    • Noisier work will be conducted within 7 a.m.-6p.m. Equipment/vehicles to use broadband backup alarms.
    • Report concerns to Sound Transit's 24-hour Construction Hotline: 888-298-2395
  • Sheet Pile Installation - Bellevue Way SE at 112th Ave SE resumes Nov. 1 and continues for 3 weeks. Expect significant noise. Details in Construction Notice (10.27.17)
  • Tree removal resumes along Bellevue Way week of Oct. 23. Clearing of trees and understory vegetation resumes in the work zone along Bellevue Way SE between the station site and 112th Ave SE. Details in Construction Alert (10.18.17)   
  • Structure Demolition, 900 111th Place SE as early as Oct. 30. Demolition of this vacant structure will begin with removal of interior parts and then "hard" demolition of the exterior. Prior to demolition, temporary security fencing will be installed. After demo, a cedar fence will be installed along 111th Place SE in front of the property. Details and map in Construction Alert (10.17.18)
    • Prior to the demolition, the Bellevue Fire Department will conduct training at the site.
  • Construction staging at Enatai Beach Park begins as early as Oct. 13. Crews will begin to stage construction equipment needed to establish the work zone to perform seismic retrofit work that will occur along the East Channel Bridge. Work to last six months; Park will remain open during the work; 12 parking spaces of the 24 in the upper lot (under I-90) may be unavailable. Parking available in the lower lot. This work is being done as part of the I-90 segment of East Link. Work hours Mon-Fri, 7 am-5pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Expect truck traffic and intermittent lane closures on 108th Ave SE. Details and map in Construction Alert (09.29.17)
  • Winters House Protection and Monitoring underway. More information in Construction Alert.(09.06.17) 
  • Pilot project to discourage evening commuter traffic in south Bellevue. Read details.   
  • Soil Stabilization work starts Aug. 1 between Mercer Slough and 112th Ave. SE from Bellevue Way SE to just north of SE 15th Street. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Includes tree/vegetation removal. Lasting 5 weeks. Expect noise. Details in Construction Alert (08.02.17)
  • SE 15th Street closed. On July 31, SE 15th Street closed for approximately 3 years. Workers and visitors needing to access Bellefield Office Park will use 114th Ave SE from SE 8th Street.
  • Northbound lanes of 112th Ave. SE closed for 4 months. Beginning, July 31, the northbound lanes of 112th Avenue SE between Bellevue Way SE & SE 15th St will be closed for approximately 4 months. Traffic will be diverted to the 2 southbound lanes; one lane in each direction will remain open. The sidewalk on the eastside of 112th Ave SE between SE 8th and Bellevue Way will be closed. Sidewalk access will be maintained on the west side of 112th between SE 8th and Bellevue Way.    
  • Lane and sidewalk closure on 112th Ave SE: Daily lane and long term sidewalk closure, Surrey Downs Park south entrance closure. bus stop relocated. Details in Construction Alert (06.09.17)
  • Display boards from May 31 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)
  • SE4th Street entrance from 112th Ave. SE into Surrey Downs neighborhood permanently closed June 5, 2017. City sent postcard to Surrey Downs and Bellecrest neighbors.        
  • South Bellevue Park and Ride closed May 30, 2017. Commuters are asked not to park within Bellevue neighborhoods.  
  • Winters House closed. 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

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.               

  • 112th Ave SE southbound lane and sidewalk closed Nov. 13 thru early December for demolition of condominiums. Approved work hours Mon-Fri, 7am to 6pm  Details in Construction Notice (11/08/17)
    • Bellevue Fire Department to do training Nov. 10-12, 8 am-4pm   
  • NE 6th Street eastbound curb lane closed Oct. 23-Nov. 10, 7 am - 3 pm, for detention vault work. Vehicles can still make right on 112th Ave NE. 
  • Long-term closure on 110th Ave NE begins Oct. 9.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.
    • View brochure (with map) on how best to access City Hall during light rail construction (10.18.17).
  • NE 6th Street access to City Hall closed. The two accesses from NE 6th Street to City Hall will close around the time of the full closure on 110th Avenue NE.
  • 114th Ave NE cul-de-sac closure; bicycle detour: As early as July 5, 114th Ave NE cul-de-sac will close for up to 2 years. Details in construction alert (06.22.17)  City handout on NE 2nd Street bike lane detour (07.27.17)
  • Display Boards from June 6, 2017 Open House: See construction zones and learn about key construction elements. View schematics of East Main, Bellevue Downtown, Wilburton & Spring District/120th stations. Link to display boards (PDF)    
  • Driveway to City Hall Visitor Parking open. The west driveway from 110th Ave NE is reopened as a two-way driveway. See brochure on how best to access City Hall during construction.
  • Tunnel excavation continues. 24/hour, Mon-Sat. operations. South portal located at Main St/112th Ave. SE. North portal located 110th Ave NE/NE 6th.     

BelRed Segment/Area

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

Overlake-SR520 Segment/Area

The Overlake Village and Redmond Technology stations are located in this area.    

I-90 Segment/Area   

  • 106th Avenue SE by Enatai Beach Park reduced to alternating single lane starting Oct. 30: Driveway to be installed connecting 106th Ave NE to the work zone at Park. Construction lasts one week. Work hours M-F, 7am-3pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Flaggers on site. Trucks in/out of site. Follow detours. Details in Construction Alert (10.27.17)
  • Long-term daytime closure of Island Crest Way eastbound HOV off-ramp. Starting Oct. 23 through Dec. 11, 2017, the Island Crest Way eastbound HOV off-ramp will be closed daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details in Construction Alert (10.19.17)
  • Construction mobilization at Enatai Beach Park begins as early as Oct. 13. Crews will begin to stage construction equipment needed to establish the work zone to perform seismic retrofit work that will occur along the East Channel Bridge. The Park will remain open during the work. Impacts to parking. Details and map in Construction Alert (09.29.17)
  • Open House Display Boards: View display boards from the July 12, 2017 construction kick off open house.      
  • More about the Two-Way Transit Project    


Sound Transit East Link Outreach/City of Bellevue Outreach


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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