Lakemont Boulevard / Cougar Mountain Way / SE 63rd Street Intersection
Open House on August 22
Residents are invited to learn about this project at an open house at Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Boulevard, on Thursday, August 22, 4:30-7:00 p.m. The City of Bellevue is asking for your thoughts and ideas about what should be done to improve operations and safety at this intersection for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. You will also see findings from the intersection analysis. Cookies and refreshments will be served.
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 principle 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, the Cougar Mountain Way Southeast intersection improvements became a priority for the city. 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 a Preferred Improvement Alternative
As part of the process of identifying a preferred alternative for the intersection improvements, an intersection analysis report evaluated all improvement alternatives 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 analysis report and will be presented at the open house on August 22:
- Adding left-turn lanes on Lakemont Boulevard
- Installing all-way stop signs
- Installing a traffic signal
- Installing a traffic roundabout
- Summer 2013 Work on developing a proposed design for the intersection
- Mid-September – Present the proposed improvement plan to City Council
- Fall/Winter 2013 – Finalize the propose 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.