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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Council Roundup: East Link comments, work plan discussed

Also, South Kirkland park-and-ride plan principles approved

On Monday, the City Council hammered out changes to a letter it will send later this month to Sound Transit commenting on an updated environmental review of the East Link light rail project.

The deadline for public comments on the review, or supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS), is Jan. 10. The document evaluates alternatives developed since the original draft environmental review was released in December 2008. 

East Link will extend light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington, through Bellevue, to the Overlake Transit Center. Council members remain focused on SDEIS issues of concern such as construction impacts and noise. Council is slated to finalize the SDEIS comment letter at its next meeting on Jan. 10, after which it will be sent to Sound Transit’s Board of Directors.

In other meeting business related to East Link, Council reviewed a project work plan for staff. Council recently approved a two-year, $6.2 million budget for analysis and development of East Link, part of the city’s overall biennial budget.

The Sound Transit Board is expected to approve a final route for East Link later this year. In parts of the alignment, council members’ preferences differ significantly from those of Sound Transit.

Council wants details about the work program and what the timeline is. Issues of special concern for the work plan include funding for a downtown tunnel, how project impacts will be mitigated, the light rail route location from Interstate 90 to downtown, permitting, ensuring that design work is compatible with city standards, and planning for the six light rail stations that will be located in Bellevue.

To comment on the SDEIS, or for more information, visit Sound Transit's East Link web page; or view the council agenda item for the SDEIS. You can also view the council agenda item for the East Link work program 

Feedback: Bernard van de Kamp, Regional Projects Manager, Bellevue Transportation Department, 425-452-6459 or bvandekamp@bellevuewa.gov

South Kirkland Park-and-Ride principles approved

Following a discussion with King County and Kirkland leaders in December about plans to expand the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, the Council on Monday approved a set of mutual objectives and principles. 

Bellevue has an interest in the project because the seven-acre property is at the north edge of the city, just north of SR 520.

The site is divided by the Bellevue-Kirkland boundary, with about half the facility in each city. Plans call for expanding the current 600 parking spaces by about 250 spaces and creating approximately 200 housing units.

For more information about the proposed expansion of the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride and the approved principles, see the council agenda item 

 

 

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