South Bellevue Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee
With the construction of the South Bellevue East Link segment anticipated to begin in spring 2017, the city has been working with affected neighborhoods in helping to identify traffic mitigation tools and locations to lessen the potential traffic impacts. Specifically, East Link construction will impact Bellevue Way Southeast from near the current location of the South Bellevue Park and Ride along the roadway to the “Y” intersection (Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue) and extending onto 112th Avenue Southeast. The construction will involve building the trackway of the East Link light rail and South Bellevue station.
Bellevue Way Southeast is a major arterial serving downtown Bellevue and the neighborhoods south of downtown. It is key connection for commuters entering and exiting Bellevue via I-90. When traffic becomes congested, typically southbound during the afternoon commute, some drivers bypass the congestion by using 108th Avenue Southeast and other neighborhood streets.
Draft South Bellevue Traffic Mitigation Plan
In September 2016, residents of Bellecrest, Enatai, Surrey Downs and Beaux Arts Village received a mailer which seeks their feedback on a draft traffic mitigation plan to be implemented during East Link construction on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast. The draft plan recommended strategic turn restrictions at key entrances in/out of these neighborhoods to deter commuter traffic from using neighborhood streets and is the recommendation of the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee. Residents in the impacted neighborhoods were asked to complete an online survey by to share feedback that will be shared with the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee in late October.The online survey is closed. Draft South Bellevue Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Plan – Mailer.
UPDATE (4/28/17): At its April 4 meeting, the NTM Committee affirmed its decision to continue with a monitor (traffic) and respond (with mitigation) approach; will meet when mitigation options are warranted (based upon data collection); and expressed a desire to implement the signage element of the revised draft plan as soon as possible. The NTM Committee is committed to recommending mitigation that is less restrictive than its original draft plan but still discourages commuter traffic and speeding within the neighborhoods it represents.
Although the Committee considered a pilot program that proposed traffic restrictions at 108th Avenue SE/SE 16th St and Bellevue Way/SE 16th St, the Committee intends to evaluate traffic data prior to any implementation.
See below for the packet, presentation and summary materials from the NTMC Meeting #8.
Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee
The Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee (NTMC) includes a broad and geographically balanced representation from the neighborhoods of Bellecrest, Enatai and Surrey Downs and Beaux Arts Village. Membership includes one member of the Board of the above listed neighborhoods and seven “community-at-large” members. The NTMC will help identify and support mitigation tools that best mitigate neighborhood traffic impacts resulting from 112th Avenue Southeast lane closures, reversible lane configuration on Bellevue Way and closure of Bellevue Way Southeast on weekends.
- April 4, 2017 NTMC Meeting (#8)
- January 10, 2017 NTMC Meeting (#7)
- November 15, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#6)
- October 25, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#5)
- August 2, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#4)
- July 6, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#3)
- June 16, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#2)
- May 11, 2016 NTMC meeting (#1)
April 27, 2016 South Bellevue East Link Construction Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Meeting - Highlights
The city’s Transportation Department hosted an informational meeting on April 27, 2016 with the Bellecrest, Enatai and Surrey Downs neighborhoods and Beaux Arts Village to share background on known areas of traffic conditions and constraints, to receive additional feedback on other areas of concerns as they relate to East Link construction, and to address the next steps to form the South Bellevue East Link Construction NTMC. Below are the materials from the initial meeting:
For more information about the NTMC, please contact John Murphy, Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services at 425-452-6967 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Marie Jensen, East Link Outreach at 425-452-2064 or email@example.com.