The city's annual overlay program is warming up in April with the installation of new curb ramps before moving on to roadway repaving work in May.
Construction of curb ramps along 140th Avenue Northeast, already is under way. The first overlay, or repaving work, is scheduled to begin the first week in May on 164th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Eighth Street to Northup Way, in the Crossroads area. Program highlights for 2017 include:
- Repaving streets: The bread and butter of the overlay program, this year crews will rehabilitate more than 20 lane miles of roadway. The work will focus on arterial streets in eight locations and is scheduled to run through October.
- Adding bike lanes: As part of the overlay program, workers will create approximately 3.8 miles of new bike lanes on sections of Village Park Drive, Southeast Newport Way (164th Avenue Southeast to Lakemont Boulevard) and 108th Avenue Northeast, and will improve bicycle pavement markings in other locations.
- New curb ramps: Along with repaving roads, crews this year will add or replace 32 curb ramps to improve mobility for people with disabilities.
This year's overlay construction work, with an engineer’s estimate of just over $3 million, focuses on repaving long segments of arterial roadways. That work provides a cost-effective opportunity to enhance the city's on-street bicycle network at the same time. Funding to create the new bike lanes comes from the bicycle facilities portion of last year's voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion levy.
To help you navigate the repaving work, check the city’s Real Time Bellevue Traffic map and Traffic Advisories web pages. Information about specific overlay locations, can be found on the Overlay Program web page or by contacting Teresa Becker, pavement manager, at 425-452-7942 or Tbecker@bellevuewa.gov.
This is the 31st year for the overlay program. It focuses on resurfacing a portion of city streets annually in order to avoid needing a complete replacement, which can cost four to five times more than an overlay. Since 1990, more than 750 lane miles of roadway have been repaired or resurfaced as part of the program. Across the city, there are approximately 1,100 lane miles of asphalt roads.
Before starting overlay work in a neighborhood, "No Parking" signs are set up. On busier streets, electronic message signs may be used to alert drivers of upcoming impacts.
During the overlay work, crews grind down and remove the old asphalt so new pavement will match the concrete curb and gutter. A short time later, a paving machine lays down two inches of new asphalt followed by a heavy roller that presses the asphalt into place.
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