Some turn lanes on 116th Avenue Northeast, near Overlake Hospital, will be closed as part of a road widening project related to the extension of Northeast 10th Street.
The closure will begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, and will run through April 2008. Widening the road will affect traffic on 116th Avenue from Northeast Eighth Street to the traffic signal at Overlake Hospital. Other work will include sidewalk, street and intersection improvements at Northeast 10th Street.
Drivers should expect daytime delays and non-local traffic should use an alternate route. Here’s a summary of the changes resulting from the project:
- Just north of the traffic signal at Overlake Hospital, the two southbound travel lanes will be shifted to the east. In the northbound direction, left turn access to the emergency entrance of Overlake Hospital, south of Northeast 12th Street, will remain open.
- Left turns from the hospital and from other businesses will be allowed at, and north of, the Overlake Hospital traffic signal; left turns will not be allowed south of the signal.
- The two-way left turn lane on 116th, south of the signal, along with the left turn lanes at the signal, will be closed. Left turns to Overlake Hospital will be permitted, but drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
- During construction near the traffic signal there may be crosswalk closures, but an east-west pedestrian crossing will be maintained at all times.
- The two northbound travel lanes between Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast 12th Street will not change. Local access to properties on the east side of 116th will remain, but with right turns only.
The widening work is the latest piece of the Northeast 10th Street Extension project’s first stage, which, eventually, will extend the street over Interstate 405.
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