From the City of Bellevue: On Sept. 5, the city began a three-month pilot traffic mitigation program that is intended to discourage commuter traffic from using some neighborhood streets during East Link light rail construction.
Traffic studies show that commuters often access Bellevue Way in the evening commute hours via neighborhood streets. In response to concerns about the increase of this traffic since light rail construction started on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast this summer, temporary turn restrictions are being piloted and enforced.
The pilot includes two restrictions that are in effect Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m. At 108th Avenue Southeast, a no-through restriction prohibits through travel (southbound) at Southeast 16th Street; if motorists travel this stretch when the restrictions are active, they will have to turn right (west) onto SE 16th St. The turn restriction on Southeast 16th Street at Bellevue Way will prohibit travel (westbound) on Southeast 16th Street and left turns (southbound) travel to Bellevue Way. The restrictions do not apply to people bicycling or to transit vehicles, including public and school buses. The pilot utilizes signs and flashing beacons to call attention to the locations where turns are restricted.
Downtown employees are asked to plan their commutes in advance due to light rail construction occurring south of Main Street. If you are interested in taking the bus but have been hesitant to do so, consider a $25 ORCA card through Choose Your Way Bellevue. In addition to the bus, there are many other ways to get around Bellevue.
To read a detailed flyer about the pilot, go to www.bellevuewa.gov/ELtraffic.
Traffic monitoring is being conducted throughout the pilot and the results will be shared with the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee (NTMC). The NTMC was formed in 2016 to work with the City on recommending traffic mitigation that would discourage commuter traffic on neighborhood streets during East Link construction on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue SE.
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-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff