Lakemont Boulevard / Cougar Mountain Way / SE 63rd Street Intersection
This intersection is currently controlled by stop signs on Cougar Mountain Way and Southeast 63rd Street. Lakemont Boulevard serves as a major connection between Interstate 90 and the City of Newcastle and serves as the principal north-south arterial for Bellevue residents living in that area. Cougar Mountain Way and Southeast 63rd Street provide access to the neighborhoods to the east and west. Due to the high traffic volumes during peak travel times and related traffic delays on Lakemont Boulevard, improvements to the Cougar Mountain Way Southeast intersection are a priority for the city. The City Council allocated funds to analyze, design and contruct improvements for this intersection as part of the 2013-2019 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan.
These intersection improvements will improve access to nearby neighborhoods, area parks, retail centers and schools. The project will also improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and it will enhance the look and feel of the intersection.
Decision Process for Selecting Improvements
In August 2013, the city held a public open house to present options for improving the Lakemont Boulevard/Cougar Mountain Way and SE 63rd Street intersection. Four options were presented:
- Adding left-turn lanes on Lakemont Boulevard
- Installing all-way stop signs
- Installing a traffic signal
- Installing a traffic roundabout
Over 100 neighborhood residents attended the open house and provided their comments based on several criteria, including traffic delay, safety, environmental impacts, property acquisition need and cost. After reviewing the alternatives and project evaluation data, over 70% of the attendees preferred the Traffic Signal alternative.
Based on the community's preference, we are proceeding with the final design of the new traffic signal with left turn pockets on Lakemont Boulevard.
- Summer 2013 - Develop a proposed design for the intersection
- June 2014 - Complete Intersection Design
- Fall 2014 - Start construction of the intersection improvements
- Spring 2015 - Estimated construction completion
The project budget is estimated to be $1.5 million. The final funding will be developed after the selection and design of the improvement alternative.