Construction on Coal Creek Parkway culvert begins May 15

May 10, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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UPDATED — 9:35 a.m. May 16, 2013

Work is finally set to begin on a city of Bellevue project that will replace an aging culvert underneath Coal Creek Parkway.

The Bellevue portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 60th Street and Forest Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction for 24 hours a day until December, beginning May 15.

The city of Newcastle is doing all it can to mitigate the bottleneck that the all-day closure is expected to cause, including changing the timing of some traffic signals. Ultimately, though, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, especially during the morning and evening commutes.

Public Works Director Mark Rigos suggests that residents use east to west routes, such as Southeast 88th Place or Newcastle Way to get to Interstate 405. Drivers could also travel south down Coal Creek Parkway toward Northeast Sunset Boulevard in Renton to reach the freeway. In Bellevue, Rigos suggests commuters use Southeast 60th Street through the Newport Hills community, or Forest Drive to avoid the construction.

If possible, drivers are also encouraged to carpool or alter their commute so that it coincides with off-peak travel hours, Rigos said.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is helping drivers manage the closures with an interactive map showing alternate routes into Newcastle. Learn more at newcastle-chamber.org/newcastle-alternate-routes-map.

What to know

The city of Bellevue’s project to replace an aging culvert underneath Coal Creek Parkway will cause closures on a segment of the busy road, during two phases of construction.

The first phase is set to begin in late April, when the road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between just south of Forest Drive and just north of Southeast 60th Street, until December.

Residents can stay informed about the project and sign up for alerts at www.bellevuewa.gov/coalcreekbridge.htm.

Travelers can also watch for updates on the city of Bellevue’s Facebook page or on its Twitter account, @bellevuewa or @bvuetrans.

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