Bellevue Way SE Southbound HOV Lane
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This project explores options for widening Bellevue Way Southeast to create a high-occupancy vehicle lane from the “Y” intersection at 112th Avenue Southeast to the main entrance of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride.
After a year of design analysis and public outreach to identify a preferred option for a Bellevue Way high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, city staff will make a recommendation to City Council and seek direction. There are two components of the staff recommendation, the width of the section and the length of the project.
For the roadway width, staff recommended the “narrow” section as the preferred option. The “narrow” section would consist of a 12-foot center southbound HOV lane, two 11-foot southbound through lanes, and a 5-foot planter at the base of a retaining wall. Staff selected the narrow section over the wide section because it minimizes private property and critical area impacts without compromising traffic operations.
For the project length, staff recommended Option 4, which would extend the HOV lane from the South Bellevue Park and Ride north through the “Y” intersection only on 112th Avenue SE. Option 4 provides the largest travel time savings to HOV and transit users of the corridor compared with the other options. That meets the original objective of the project.
Transportation Commission Recommendations
On April 13th, 2017, the Transportation Commission agreed with the staff recommendation for Option 4 with a narrow section. They also suggested adding the HOV lane on Bellevue Way north of the “Y” to 108th Ave SE as part of the preliminary engineering and environmental documentation work.
The project team is scheduled to present recommendations to the City Council at its Study Session on April 24, 2017. Staff will seek Council’s approval to prepare preliminary engineering and complete environmental documentation for the recommended option.
During the past year the project team held several community and stakeholder briefings, as well as two open houses to collect community feedback. The team used this feedback to refine design options and develop its recommendation.
Corridor and regional projects make this an opportune time to explore whether extending the HOV lane on Bellevue Way SE could provide additional benefits. Other future HOV improvements in and near the corridor include:
- I-90 HOV lane extension to Seattle: The existing westbound I-90 HOV lane (shown in green) currently extends to the middle of Mercer Island (off the map). WSDOT is expanding this HOV lane from Mercer Island to Seattle (to be completed in 2017).
- Bellevue Way HOV connection to I-90: Sound Transit will construct an HOV lane on Bellevue Way from the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride (future light rail station and parking garage) to the I-90 onramps (in operation by 2021).
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As Bellevue has grown, traffic has increased along Bellevue Way SE. The City of Bellevue is exploring options to build a new southbound HOV lane. The new lane would increase capacity for traffic leaving downtown Bellevue and improve transit speed and reliability.
- Budget for the design phase, environmental documentation and public involvement through 2017: $4.4 million
- Only the design option analysis and environmental review process are funded. Additional funding would be needed for right-of-way acquisition and construction.
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Questions and Comments
Contact Marina Arakelyan, project manager, 425-452-4632 or firstname.lastname@example.org