A section of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast closed to vehicles since a Jan. 22 mudslide undercut the roadway, is expected to reopen in approximately six to nine weeks, in March or early April. The current detour will remain in effect during the closure.
No one was hurt in the mudslide but four properties were damaged. The estimated cost for the road construction work and repair of a broken water main is estimated at $500,000.
Although it has not been determined whether the water main break caused the mudslide or the mudslide caused the water main break, the city has acknowledged responsibility and will help owners restore their properties. Those costs are not yet known.
"Our crews plan to work as quickly as possible to reopen a roadway that is safe and stable for all." said Dave Berg, Bellevue's Transportation Director. "A few more variables need further discussion; however, this time frame is doable."
When the steep slope gave way on the east side of the Parkway, the material under the roadway slid down the hill. What remained of the road was a section of concrete panels with nothing but air beneath them. Since then, significant progress has been made to remove the unsupported roadway and haul out more than 30 dump truck loads of dirt and debris.
West Lake Sammamish Parkway will remain closed from Northeast Second Street at Northup Way to Southeast 26th Street. From the south end, drivers will be detoured to Southeast 26th Street, leading to 168th and 164th avenues Southeast. From the north end, drivers will be detoured to Northup Way and Northeast Eighth Street. Local access only is permitted between Northeast Second and Southeast 26th streets.
Drivers are encouraged to be aware of the residential areas along the detour and obey the posted speed limit.
A video of the damaged roadway is available at http://www.youtube.com/BellevueWashington#p/u/6/O41xZjE10WY
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