124th Avenue NE Widening
The 124th Avenue NE roadway improvement project, currently in preliminary design, will widen and raise the existing roadway elevation of 124th Avenue NE between the planned NE 15th Street and Northup Way. Some of the major improvements include: a five-lane roadway, sidewalk or multipurpose pathway, landscape planters, traffic signals, street lighting, and other urban design elements consistent with the city's overall Bel-Red corridor plan. The project will also coordinate with the future 15th Street crossing, the connection of open-space trails along the West Tributary and with Sound Transit's East Link proposed alignment.
The project is one of the early transportation system improvements supporting the overall Bel-red vision and will provide for freight/mobility, capture long-term transformations in land use through development, and connect with the city's open-space/trail systems. It is directly influenced by the adopted alignment of Sound Transit's East Link project and proposed station, which will be located in the proximity of 120th Avenue NE.
Public Involvement: The Transportation Department held an open house last May 2012 on the the preliminary design concepts. The displays from the open house are provided below.
Project preview handout
Cross section handout
The 124th Avenue NE roadway project has a budget of $1.8 million to develop the preliminary design only. The purpose of advancing the preliminary design is to ensure close coordination and compatibility with the design of Sound Transit's East Link project will cross under 124th Avenue NE. It will also ensure forward compatibility with future private development and other regional projects in the area. The preliminary engineering will also develop a more accurate total estimated cost for the project and is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2013. Council may include additional work as part of the 2013-2019 CIP budget.