Construction begins on Coal Creek Parkway
June 6, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Work finally began 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.
To mitigate the expected bottleneck, the city of Newcastle is 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.
On the Web
- Stay informed about the project and sign up for alerts at www.bellevuewa.gov/coalcreekbridge.htm.
- Watch for updates on the city of Bellevue’s Facebook page or on its Twitter accounts, @bellevuewa or @bvuetrans.
- The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is helping drivers manage the closures with an interactive map showing alternate routes into Newcastle at newcastle-chamber.org/newcastle-alternate-routes-map.