South Bellevue Station
With the construction of East Link in south Bellevue anticipated to begin in early 2017, residents and businesses have questions about the timeline and impacts. Construction will involve building the trackway of the light rail and South Bellevue Station and parking garage. There will be construction activities occurring on Bellevue Way Southeast from near the current location of the South Bellevue Park-and- Ride to the “Y” intersection and extending onto 112th Avenue Southeast. Subscribe to Construction Alerts from Sound Transit
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: (March 3, 2017) The South Bellevue Park and Ride is not closing March 11.
King County Metro has issued rider alerts in advance of its March 11 Service Change. Bus routes serving the South Bellevue Park and Ride will continue to serve the bus bay located within the park and ride until it closes for East Link construction. Plan ahead for the closure of South Bellevue and Overlake Transit Center park and rides.
East Link Construction
Q. What is the South Bellevue Station?
A. The South Bellevue Station is part of East Link from downtown Seattle to Redmond. The station will be located on Bellevue Way Southeast at the current South Bellevue Park-and-Ride site. The elevated station will include bus and paratransit transfer facilities and 1,500 parking stalls. The station is anticipated to open for service in 2023. Sound Transit South Bellevue Station page
Q. How long will construction of East Link in south Bellevue take?
A. Construction of East Link in south Bellevue (from I-90 to 112th Avenue Southeast) is estimated to take approximately five years. “Constructing the South Bellevue Station” flyer
Q. Has Sound Transit hired a contractor?
A. On October 27, 2016, the Sound Transit Board of Directors auhtorized the contract with Schmmick/Parsons Joint Venture. The South Bellevue segment has been procured using the "design/build" method.
Q. Where will construction equipment staging be located?
A. Most of the staging will occur at the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride site. Additional staging will also occur adjacent to the alignment along Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast and within the median of I-90.
Q. What will be the hours of construction?
A. Typical construction hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, on occasion, work hours for certain activities may extend until 8 p.m. During weekend road closures, expect work hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Q: Where will Sound Transit’s contractors park?
A. Sound Transit’s contractors will park within their owner designated area as this is a requirement per Sound Transit’s contracting.
South Bellevue Park and Ride Closure
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: (March 3, 2017) The South Bellevue Park and Ride is not closing March 11.
King County Metro has issued rider alerts in advance of its March 11 Service Change. Routes serving the South Bellevue Park and Ride will continue to serve the bus bay located within the park and ride until it closes for East Link construction. Plan ahead for the closure of South Bellevue and Overlake Transit Center park and rides.
For more Questions and Answers about the South Bellevue Park and Ride Closure
Road construction impacts
Q: What construction will happen on Bellevue Way Southeast and for how long?
A. Expect construction activities along Bellevue Way Southeast, from I-90 to 112th Avenue, such as utility relocation, retaining wall installation and construction of the guideway. Sound Transit is anticipating construction for the South Bellevue Segment will take approximately five years. Construction from the P&R to 112th is anticipated to have the greatest impact on traffic and is anticipated to take approximately 29 months (just about 2 ½ years). Financial incentives are in Sound Transit’s contractor bid documents to reduce this duration to 22 months.
The first phase of construction will involve the relocation of public and private utilities on Bellevue Way followed by the guideway construction. The third phase will be to restore Bellevue Way pavement, sidewalk, striping and landscaping.
Q. Will there be road and lane closures on Bellevue Way SE?
A. Yes. There will be full weekend road closures as well as lane closures throughout construction of the South Bellevue Segment (which includes the station and trackway construction).
Full weekend closures will extend from I-90 to the “Y” at 112th Avenue SE and all lanes in both directions will be closed. The current Maintenance of Traffic Plan notes that approximately 10 full weekend closures may occur; however other such closures may be approved with justification. During the full closures, local and emergency access will be provided. Note: Revisions to maintenance of traffic plans will likely occur once Sound Transit has hired a contractor.
As for partial closures, per the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Sound Transit, the contractor will maintain two (2) lanes of traffic in each direction from I-90 to the P&R during peak travel times. One method of achieving this is known as the Reversible Lane Configuration which is expected to be in place for approximately 16 months. However, the contractor will have a financial incentive to reduce this duration to nine (9) months.
Prior to construction, the contractor will obtain a right-of-way use permit, which will include maintenance of traffic control plans. The details on the dates, times, and locations of the closures will be provided by Sound Transit in advance of the work. Signage and detours will help motorists get around construction. Subscribe to Sound Transit East Link Construction Alerts.
Q. Will closures of Bellevue Way be coordinated with any closures of I-90?
A. Yes. Both the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Bellevue Transportation Department have reviewed the anticipated closures. Sound Transit and the Contractor will coordinate closely with WSDOT and the City prior to traffic changes that affect I-90 motorists.
Q. Is there an HOV lane on Bellevue Way associated with the South Bellevue Segment?
A. Yes. A center lane HOV facility will be built by Sound Transit’s contractor from 112th Avenue SE (across from the P&R) to I-90.
Q. What construction activities will occur on 112th Avenue SE?
A. Construction activities along 112th Avenue SE include, among other construction, guideway construction, utility relocation, temporary by-pass road construction, re-grading of 112th Ave. SE for the road-over-rail alignment, and sound wall installation. Work is currently scheduled to begin on 112th Avenue SE in early 2017.Construction is anticipated to happen at the same time of construction activities on Bellevue Way.
A temporary two-lane bypass road will be built on 112th Ave SE between SE 15th Street and SE 8th Street. The bypass road will be built and in place for approximately 18-20 months.
Q. Will there be road and lane closures on 112th Avenue SE?
A. Yes. There are ongoing discussions between Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue in regards to the maintenance of traffic coordination for roadway work on 112th Avenue Southeast. More information will be known about the sequencing, schedule and duration of work along both Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Ave Southeast once a contractor comes onboard in fall 2016.
Q. After East Link construction is done, will the HOV lane to I-90 remain?
A. Yes. HOV access to I-90 will remain, but will be reconfigured at the main entrance to the South Bellevue P&R.
Route changes for Sound Transit and King County Metro occur twice a year - in September and March. September 2016 services changes will go into effect regardless of the timing of the South Bellevue P&R closure.
Sound Transit is partnering with King County Metro and the City of Bellevue to provide local community programs, such as Choose Your Way Bellevue and Community In Motion, while the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride is closed. Transit riders will have a variety of travel options, incentives and tools. Sound Transit “Getting Around South Bellevue Construction” flyer.
Q. What changes area happening with the ST550 bus service?
A. The existing northbound bus stop on the east side of Bellevue Way SE (Stop ID: 3581) will remain throughout East Link construction. Once the So. Bellevue P&R is closed, a temporary bus stop on the west side of Bellevue Way to serve southbound buses will be located just north of 112th Ave SE. The timing of the temporary bus stop installation will be based upon the schedule of East Link construction activities, including the closure of the So. Bellevue P&R.
The Mercer Island P&R will be the only P&R that will be served by ST550 when the South Bellevue P&R is closed.
Q. What other Sound Transit service changes will be made during the construction of the South Bellevue station?
A. ST550 buses will continue to serve Bellevue Way SE adjacent to the South Bellevue P&R throughout construction.
In preparation of East Link construction, ST555/556 will be re-routed off 112th Avenue SE (this change will be part of King County Metro’s September 2016 Service Change).Routes ST555/556 will continue to serve Bellevue Way SE and the Bellevue Transit Center. As part of the September 2016 Service Change, four (4) more trips will be added to ST555/556 routes.
In March 2016, Sound Transit added 12 trips to the ST Express Route 554 with service from Issaquah to Seattle to operate 15-minute peak service. Also in March 2016, a new route, ST 541/Overlake was added.
ST 560 will bypass the South Bellevue P&R and go directly to Bellevue Transit Center via I-405.
Paratransit service by King County Metro Access will be moved to the Eastgate P&R.
Q. What King County Metro routes are affected due to East Link construction?
A. Metro Route 249. The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride currently serves as a layover facility for route 249. The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closing during East Link construction for up to 5 years beginning as early as January 2017. As of September 10, 2016 Route 249 will become a clockwise-like loop route through Beaux Arts Village. This route will also begin using a new southbound bus stop on Bellevue Way SE just north of 112th Avenue SE instead of stopping in the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride in the southbound direction. This bus will be the only bus that will begin using the new southbound stop on Bellevue Way SE on September 10. For other Metro route service changes taking effect in on Sept. 10, go the Service Change webpage.
Q. Where can I find transit planning information?
A. There are several resources for you to help you plan for a transit trip including: King County Metro, Sound Transit and Choose Your Way Bellevue.
Surrey Downs Park Master Plan
Q. What’s the timing and funding for the Surrey Downs Park Master Plan?
A. An update to the Surrey Downs Park Master Plan was approved by the City Council in Nov. 2015. The update was needed as a result of the East Link alignment being decided. Design will be complete and permit applications are expected in spring 2017, with construction expected (and funded at $7M) in 2018/19. Construction is partially funded with Park Levy funds specifically targeted for Surrey Downs Park. Surrey Downs Park Master Plan
Q. What noise mitigation is happening for Surrey Downs Neighborhood as a result of East Link?
A. East Link construction noise mitigation: Temporary sound walls (20-foot in height) have been installed at the south tunnel portal (Main St/112th Avenue SE) to reduce noise from construction activities. Sound Transit plans to conduct construction activities during exempt hours; therefore construction mitigation is not required. Homeowners identified by the City to be directly impacted by construction activities to be conducted beyond the normal construction hour limits will be offered a noise-reduction product by Sound Transit.
Train operation noise mitigation: Mitigation identified during the noise analysis for East Link recognized the need for Sound Transit to install permanent noise walls along 112th Avenue SE adjacent to Surrey Downs Park. Once Sound Transit’s contractor releases its work schedule, the timing of the demolition of residential structures along 112th will be better known as will the timing of the building the permanent sound walls.
Q. When will the fences bordering the Park be installed?
A. As part of the additional noise analysis performed during the Park planning stages, it was noted that, while not required of Sound Transit, installation of fencing surrounding the Park could provide reduction in sound levels. The City’s Parks & Community Services Department advised that it is typical to install fencing around city park boundaries and would be included in the park’s construction. Staff from the City’s Parks & Community Services will initiate conversations with the Surrey Downs Park Committee on outreach efforts regarding the installation of fences bordering the park.
Q. Is there going to be a pedestrian overpass over 112th Ave SE connecting to Surrey Downs Park?
A. This was identified during the East Main Station Area Planning effort; however there are currently no funding dollars allocated to the feasibility/engineering study.
Enatai Beach Park
Q. What work will Sound Transit do within Enatai Beach Park?
A. Sound Transit intends to us an area within Enatai Beach Park underneath the I-90 roadway to perform seismic retrofit work on the East Channel Bridge on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and to store construction equipment for additional work on I-90. View Sound Transit slideshow on planned work activities.
Q. What is the Bellevue Way Southeast Southbound HOV Lane project?
A. The City is exploring alternatives to widen Bellevue Way Southeast by approximately 20 feet on the west side of the roadway in order to add a new southbound high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane to increase capacity for traffic leaving downtown and to improve transit reliability and speed. The City is developing the alternatives by taking into consideration comments heard from individual briefings and open houses with the public. HOV alternative development and environmental work takes place this year. Visit the project webpage for more information.
Q: Where can I find out information about King County's North Mercer Island/Enatai Sewer Upgrade?
A. King County Wastewater Treatment Division needs to replace sewer pipes that serve areas in North Mercer Island, the southwest portion of Bellevue near Enatai Beach, and the Town of Beaux Arts Village. This pipeline carries wastewater from the North Mercer Island Pump Station to the Sweyolocken Pump Station in Bellevue. North Mercer Island/Enatai Sewer Upgrade Project webpage. Project Update (11.16.16)
Q: How can I receive East Link construction updates?
A. Bellevue residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up to receive Sound Transit’s East Link Construction Alerts.
For specific construction questions or to request a presentation for your neighborhood, contact Sound Transit East Link Outreach (206-398-LINK or email@example.com or Marie Jensen, Bellevue's East Link Outreach Lead (425-452-2064 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
page updated 3/3/17