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The Northeast Fourth Street Extension Project, part of the Wilburton Connections effort, is designed to work in conjunction with two other road projects (widening 120th Avenue Northeast and extending Northeast Sixth Street) to boost mobility between downtown, the Bel-Red corridor and the Overlake area.
Phase 2 will complete the connection from the BNSF railroad right-of-way to 120th Avenue Northeast. This project will extend Northeast Fourth Street from between 116th and 120th Avenues Northeast, crossing the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad corridor. It will create a new five-lane arterial road with two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane where needed.
The project will allow a future pedestrian-bike trail or transit to use the railroad corridor. When completed, the new roadway section is projected to relieve congestion at nearby intersections, improve travel times and provide alternatives for vehicles, transit, freight, pedestrians and bicycles.
In March 2010 / November 2010, the city held a public a Mobility & Infrastructure Initiative (M&II) open house for Bel-Red and Wilburton Connections. Attendees made suggestions and comments about improvements along the corridor.
Design is at 60% level. The beginning of construction will be in Summer / Fall 2014 pending ROW acquisition. The entire roadway will be open to traffic in late 2015.