Wastewater system repair to close parkway lane Sept. 2

August 29, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 2014

Bellevue utilities crews will close the outside, northbound lane on Coal Creek Parkway at Forest Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The closure is necessary to make repairs to the sidewalk, manhole and wastewater system. If crews find repairs are going to take longer than one day, the lane closure may last multiple days.

For questions on the road closure, call Bellevue Utilities Operations and Maintenance at 452-7840.

Notes from Newcastle: The Prices of city trail maintenance

July 2, 2014

As the pleasant summer months approach, there is no better time to explore the city’s vast trail network under blue skies and warm temperatures.

You can find longtime Newcastle residents Jim and Peggy Price on the trails in rain or shine, though.

The husband-and-wife team is very active when it comes to preserving and expanding Newcastle’s walking trails. They were among the founders of the Newcastle Trails organization and continue to remain deeply involved in the nonprofit.

Peggy had a direct hand in designing, routing and building the Terrace Trail and the eastern portion of the May Creek Trail. She now spends a large portion of her weeks working on the CrossTown Trail, which will span from Coal Creek Parkway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Read more

Newcastle Trails hosts work party

July 2, 2014

The Newcastle Trails organization will host a work party July 26 to continue construction on the city’s CrossTown Trail.

The trail will connect Coal Creek Parkway across from Lake Boren to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The group is essentially building the trail from scratch, so work will include clearing, culling the soil of organics and contouring the trail bed.

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Newcastle at 20

July 2, 2014


Access routes set to close due to overlay project

September 13, 2013

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

Project is more than 50 percent completed

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 options as 1, 2 and 3. View the map here:  http://bit.ly/1d8WTvc. Read more

Lane reductions begin on Coal Creek Parkway

September 10, 2013

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. Read more

More Coal Creek Parkway lane closures coming mid-August

July 29, 2013

NEW — 2:30 p.m. July 29, 2013

Coal Creek Parkway lane closures, in addition to the one happening due to the Bellevue culvert construction, are coming mid-August.

The city will repave four travel lanes and several intersections of a nearly one-mile segment between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way. The work will require partial, and possibly full, street closures during weekdays and/or weekends. Exact times and dates of the closure are not yet available.

The city announced in October 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.

Bellevue hosts open house to discuss new bridge on Coal Creek Parkway

November 13, 2012

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Nov. 13, 2012

Bellevue will hold an open house to discuss construction of a new bridge that will replace an aging culvert under Coal Creek Parkway.

The culvert is located between Southeast 60th Street and Forest Drive Southeast. The project will protect the roadway, improve public safety, provide a new pedestrian walkway and improve fish passage.

Construction is set to begin April 2013 and will require long-term lane closures on the road in 2013 and 2014. Read more

Newcastle business offers active duty military members, spouses free massages

July 9, 2012

NEW — 3:30 p.m. July 9, 2012

All active-duty military members and their spouses can receive a free one-hour therapeutic massage session at all Puget Sound area Massage Envy locations — including the Newcastle branch on Coal Creek Parkway — July 23.

The event marks the second annual “Massage for the Military Day” created by the local Massage Envy clinics, in partnership with the USO Puget Sound Area, as a way to both honor local heroes and their families, as well as provide beneficial stress relief through massage.

“Last year’s Massage for the Military Day was very popular, and we know it means a lot to our local service members and their spouses,” said Don Leingang, USO Puget Sound area executive director. “We are glad to again be partnering with Massage Envy to bring this unique program to the Northwest.”

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Bank robbery suspect arrested

July 3, 2012

The man suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of KeyBank on June 14 was arrested June 22, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Gorricho Desue is believed to be responsible for two other bank robberies in Mount Vernon and in Moses Lake.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force worked immediately after the Newcastle robbery to identify the suspect, locate him and take him into custody.

“Our praise to the FBI for their great work,” Irvine said. “We appreciate their efforts.”

Gorricho Desue, pictured here, suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of Key Bank was arrested June 22. He is suspected of robbing banks in Mount Vernon and Moses Lake.
Contributed by Crime Stoppers

The suspect, wearing a bandage on the left side of his face during the incident, robbed the KeyBank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., at about 10:30 a.m. June 14.

He was described as a 6-foot, 240-pound black male in his 30s.

He is believed to be the same suspect who robbed the Bank of America, 320 W. Kincaid St. in Mount Vernon, on June 12 due to similarities in appearance and method, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said.

Dietrich said the details of how the Newcastle robbery took place cannot be released at this time, but the robber was not armed. She was not able to release how much money was taken from the bank, she said.

Residents who see suspicious activity can call 911 or the Newcastle Police Department’s nonemergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, for an officer to respond.

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