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 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
As part of the process of selecting improvements, an intersection analysis report evaluated all options, using the following criteria: additional right of way needs, construction and maintenance operation costs, environmental impacts, safety, traffic operations and more. The following alternatives were evaluated in the report and were presented at an Aug. 22 open house:
- Adding left-turn lanes on Lakemont Boulevard
- Installing all-way stop signs
- Installing a traffic signal
- Installing a traffic roundabout
- Summer 2013 - Develop a proposed design for the intersection
- Mid-September – Present the proposed improvement plan to the City Council
- Fall/Winter 2013 – Finalize the proposed intersection plan
- June 2014 – Start construction of the intersection improvements
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.
Residents learned about this project and provided thoughts and ideas at an open house on August 22. If you'd like to comment on the open house display boards, please email your comments to Paul Krawczyk, Project Manager, at email@example.com.