NE Sixth Street Extension
The Northeast Sixth Street Extension Project, was studied as part of the Wilburton Connections effort, is designed to work in conjunction with the other two projects (widening 120th Avenue Northeast and extending Northeast Fourth Street) to provide better connections, especially for transit and carpools, between downtown, the Bel-Red corridor and the Overlake area.
Even though this project would ultimately become a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) project, coordination with these and other projects led to the City of Bellevue’s decision to provided $1 million in funding to advance the conceptual design of the roadway extension. Sound Transit’s East Link light rail would operate adjacent to the NE 6th Street Extension from 110th Avenue NE to the Eastside Rail Corridor (formerly the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor). The city led a multi-agency stakeholder group to develop design concepts that were coordinated with a variety of agency projects. This stakeholder group consisted of WSDOT, Sound Transit, King County Parks, King County Metro, King County Wastewater, Puget Sound Energy, and the Port of Seattle.
The project will extend the existing transit and carpool ramp, which is accessible to and from Interstate 405 in both directions, eastward from the middle of the freeway. The new road would extend above the northbound lanes of Interstate 405 and 116th Avenue Northeast to a new intersection at 120th Avenue Northeast. In addition, the project will include street lighting, landscaping, irrigation, storm drainage/detention, and a 14-ft wide non-motorized pathway along the south side of Northeast 6th Street between 112th Avenue Northeast and 120th Avenue Northeast.
Transit and carpool vehicles would be allowed on the new segment from 112th Avenue Northeast to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad corridor; all types of traffic would be allowed between the BNSF corridor and 120th Avenue Northeast. More about the project, including information on funding and environmental impacts, along with a map, is provided in the project description sheet.
When completed, the Northeast Sixth Street extension is anticipated to relieve congestion at intersections nearby. Improvements will reduce travel time and increase mobility options for passenger cars, transit, freight, pedestrians and bicycles.
The conceptual design report has been completed, but there currently has no additional funding from the city or WSDOT identified to advance the project further. However, WSDOT and the city are working together to identify future project funding and timing.
When project funding is appropriated, and the project is advanced, a project schedule will be developed.