Coal Creek Parkway Culvert Replacement
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Bridge construction has begun
Construction is in full swing on the Coal Creek Bridge project (map), which includes:
- Replacing a 45-year-old, deteriorating culvert under Coal Creek Parkway with a new bridge to improve public safety.
- Building a new pedestrian walkway under the bridge that will connect Coal Creek Trail.
- Stream restoration to improve salmon passage.
Relocation of complex utilities under the parkway requires the project to be done in two phases. During the first phase, from May through November, 2013, two lanes will be closed on the west half of the roadway between Forest Drive and Southeast 60th Street. One lane will continue to be open in each direction. The closure will remain in effect 24 hours a day as the west half of the bridge is constructed until the end of November 2013, when Phase 1 of construction will be completed. Traffic delays and congestion are expected, especially during morning and evening commutes, and drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes. A second phase of construction will take place in 2014, from mid-April through September. Both northbound lanes will be closed 24 hours a day as crews build the east half of the new bridge. Coal Creek Parkway will again be reduced to one lane in each direction between Forest Drive and Southeast 60th Street. (Routes graphic)
For the duration of this project, the city will make every effort to minimize other potential delays for motorists using the parkway. However, drivers may not be able to avoid all potential impacts over the 18-month project timeline. It is likely utility work unrelated to the bridge construction will be necessary. This could include city maintenance work, emergency repairs, and work by private utility companies such as PSE, Comcast, and Century Link.
Bike Lane Changes
During construction, bicyclists will need to share lanes with cars for about 900 feet through the work area on Coal Creek Parkway. Downhill momentum should aid with merging and speed through most of the restricted area, before bike lanes become available again. As always, motorists and cyclists should be respectful and aware of each other. Signs will be posted to inform bikers and drivers.
As with motorists, bicyclists are encouraged to consider alternate routes, which can be found on the King County Bike Map. In between Phase 1 and Phase 2, when the road is open to four lanes of traffic, interim bike lanes or widened lanes will be available for bikes through the 900-foot construction area. By the end of September 2014, all four lanes of traffic will be reopened, with bike lanes restored on both sides of the road.
Trailhead and Parking Lot Changes
The Coal Creek trailhead and parking lot will close in May and remain closed during construction of the bridge. A new trail accessing the park has been established nearby at 5199 Forest Drive. A more developed interim parking lot will be completed at this location in the summer of 2013.
Coal Creek Parkway carries nearly 28,000 cars a day, is an important route for Bellevue and regional commuters and provides a corridor for a number of utilities. Ensuring it is a safe and reliable transportation route is a priority for the city. The culvert under the street near Southeast 60th Street -- essentially a nine-foot wide corrugated metal pipe that is a conduit for Coal Creek -- is deteriorating and at risk for failure during heavy rains. Over its lifespan, the culvert has been exposed to numerous heavy storms and has been corroded, scoured and undermined by high flows.
The city has conducted a number of short-term repairs to the culvert, which have extended its lifespan. However, engineering analysis of the culvert indicates that continued short-term repairs are no longer viable. As a result, Utilities has designed a long-term solution, a 39-foot-long bridge over the stream.
The city is committed to keeping people informed about the project, both before and during construction. While it’s impossible to avoid impacts during a project of this nature, construction of the new bridge will be done in a way that reduces impacts to the traveling public and the community. We are getting the word out early so people know what to expect and can plan accordingly. You can stay informed by:
- Signing up to receive alerts by email or text when this page is updated with new information;
- Requesting a meeting for your group or organization;
- Watching for message boards near the construction zone;
- Watching for updates on the city’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
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