Lane reductions begin on Coal Creek Parkway

September 10, 2013

By Staff

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UPDATED — 2:45 p.m. Sept. 12, 2013

Newcastle Elementary gives kids extra time to get to class

The city began work to repave a segment of Coal Creek Parkway in mid-August, but lane reductions relating to the project began Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 21, weather permitting.

Only one southbound lane and one northbound lane will remain open at all times between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city says to expect significant delays.

Newcastle Elementary School is giving kids extra time to get to class due to construction. Students have until 9:25 a.m. to be in their seats without receiving a tardy citation. School starts at 9:15 a.m. and the 10-minute cushion for late arrivals will be in effect until Sept. 20.

The city announced in October 2012 that a portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way was showing signs of “premature failure,” and needed repairs.

A grant from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board will fund roughly half of the street’s repairs.

The city encourages residents to drive carefully through the construction zone and use alternate routes, if possible. While the lane closures are scheduled to end Sept. 21, the paving project itself will be complete Oct. 4.

This lane reduction is in addition to a 24-hour lane closure in Bellevue on Coal Creek Parkway. The city of Bellevue has closed one lane in each direction between Forest Drive and SE 60th Street due to a bridge construction project.

Access routes set to close due to overlay project

Three access routes along Coal Creek Parkway will be closed from about 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 16, and continuing through Sept.18, weather permitting.

Three road barricades will be placed at 135th Avenue Northeast, the primary access to the Milepost community and Newcastle Elementary School, Southeast 79th Place and at Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Barricades will be removed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The city has created a vicinity map showing the closures as A, B and C, and potential access option as 1, 2 and 3. View the map here:

Newcastle City Councilmember Carol Simpson offered some useful tips for alternate routes through the Coal Creek Parkway construction in her newsletter here.

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3 Responses to “Lane reductions begin on Coal Creek Parkway”

  1. Dan Eramian on September 10th, 2013 2:22 pm

    Traffic control has been very poor. People who need to pull off of parts of CC Parkway to get home can’t—-pretty silly. Better planning needed.

  2. Alexey on September 10th, 2013 6:24 pm

    This is a disaster. The planning, the work of police, the signs (or their absence), the timing, the schedule – I’ve never seen a more catastrophic project implementation. Not to mention, was there a need for the road repave to begin with? I understand the part about urgent spending of federal funds (given to city) but to what costs? Thank you city for this gift, thank you for waiting till the beginning of the school year, thank you for ruining schedules of all Newcastlers and the city commuters.

  3. mike s. on October 22nd, 2013 12:03 am

    South bound issue!!!

    I have had 2 accident avoidances in 2 days because when sitting at the light right where the second lane ends people pull up and then cut right in front and do not properly merge over and almost evey time 2 cars will try to go at the same time almost hitting me in the process and im sitting in the correct lane.

    THE ROAD NEEDS TO END AT LEAST 50 YARDS BEFORE THAT LIGHT!!!. This will ensure everyone is in a single lane at that point before the construction and before the stop light. This will prevent people from cutting people off and causing an accident.

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