One of the more significant traffic impacts of the summer in Bellevue won't be caused by a transportation project at all. Instead, lanes will be closed on downtown arterials as Puget Sound Energy adds 3.5 miles of new natural gas pipeline beneath city streets and sidewalks.
To provide more details about the work and to answer questions, the utility company will hold an open house at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 26, at City Hall, in Room 1E-108. PSE offers more information online about this project.
Work on the Bellevue Braids-Lake Hills Connector pipeline project is expected to begin July 21 and be completed in December 2008.
The open house will include maps and informational material. Also, the construction manager, project manager and several other PSE officials will be on hand to discuss the work.
PSE is adding the new pipeline to accommodate projected growth in Bellevue's downtown and to provide a backup line for an existing line. That line is scheduled to be taken out of service temporarily during an upcoming Interstate 405 construction project by the state Department of Transportation.
A 16-inch pipeline will be installed from 140th Avenue Southeast, running west along Lake Hills Connector to Southeast Eighth Street, then Southeast Sixth Street, before narrowing to a 12-inch line that runs north on 112th Avenue Southeast, then 110th Avenue Northeast, ending at Northeast 10th Street downtown.
Two lanes of 110th Avenue Northeast will need to be closed while crews use heavy machinery to dig open trenches before installing welded steel pipes. During construction, some stretches of the street will be made one-way only, but all residences and businesses will remain accessible.
Night work will be limited due to the expected noise, but will be necessary in some locations to help minimize long roadway disruptions.
Traffic advisories offers the latest information about all lane closures and traffic impacts in Bellevue.
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