With road construction in full swing on West Lake Sammamish Parkway, city officials recommend using an alternate route to avoid traffic delays of up to 15 minutes.
The construction work, taking place between Interstate 90 and Southeast 34th Street, is the first phase of a long-awaited project to enhance safety and upgrade pavement on WLSP.
Commuters heading west on Interstate 90, as well as other drivers who want to go north on WLSP, potentially can cut their travel time in half by avoiding the construction zone.
Westbound I-90 drivers should take Exit 11 to 161st Avenue Southeast, turn right onto Southeast Eastgate Way, then turn left onto Southeast 35th Place, which turns into Southeast 34th Street. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto northbound WLSP.
For those traveling south on WLSP who want to use the alternate route, make a right onto Southeast 34th Street which turns into Southeast 35th Place. At the stop sign, go straight into the Southeast 37th Street tunnel and merge onto I-90 eastbound. map
On an average weekday, more than 11,000 drivers travel on WLSP. Project managers anticipated long delays through the construction zone and understand how frustrating it can be to sit and wait. Safety is a high priority and drivers who do need to travel through the work area are urged to watch their speed and be aware of construction equipment, vehicles, workers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
In approximately one month, the city will close the southbound lane of WLSP through the construction area and all southbound traffic will be detoured to Southeast 34th Street. Northbound traffic will be permitted through the work zone. That detour will be in effect 24 hours a day until October 2013. It will provide a safe work zone and predictable driving conditions, but delays are still likely for northbound traffic.
Traffic Advisories offers up-to-date weekly construction information. Additional information about the project is available at West Lake Sammamish Parkway, and the latest information and road conditions will be posted on roadside electronic message signs at the construction area. Connect to up-to-date construction impacts on Bellevue's Transportation Twitter page.
The stretch of WLSP under construction now is the first of five planned segments, each approximately one mile long. Plans call for widening the shoulder on the east side of the roadway, and a paved, 10-foot wide multi-use path on the west side, separated from vehicle traffic by a landscaped buffer.
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