City seeks feedback on Newcastle Golf Club Road landslide repair project

July 16, 2012

By Christina Lords

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NEW — 1:10 p.m. July 16, 2012

Residents have an opportunity to provide feedback on a project that aims to stabilize Newcastle Golf Club Road after a December 2010 landslide caused significant damage to the major arterial that connects Newcastle, Bellevue and Issaquah.

The city of Newcastle is seeking to convert Bellevue Parks property to a Newcastle right-of-way to facilitate the repairs required after the landslide.

The project requires improvements and maintenance of a slope north of the roadway which is located in the city of Bellevue’s Coal Creek Natural Area.

To discuss the possible acquisition, the Federal Highway Administration will make a determination on the possible impacts. To aid FHWA in the determination, the city is requesting a “de minimis exemption,” which provides an explanation and justification of how the city has determined land conversion does not have an adverse impact to open spaces or recreational benefits associated with the land.

The document outlines seven permanent repair alternatives, ranging from maintaining existing conditions to shifting the road’s alignment south and regarding the slope. The city prefers constructing a permanent rock buttress that would replace the existing temporary rock buttress, deemed unsuitable for the long-term.

In that alternative, the rock buttress would support the roadway and the slope while replacing the existing plastic and quarry spalls. The slope would be replanted with native species and maintained. The majority of the structure, however, would be located on the city of Bellevue’s parks property. The city of Newcastle is working with Bellevue staff to gain a permanent slope and drainage easement needed complete the project.

View Newcastle’s de minimis request here.

Send comments about the request to Laura Frolich at lauraf@ci.newcastle.wa.us. Residents may also comment at the July 17 City Council meeting starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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