Getting around Bellevue got easier Tuesday with the completion of Northeast 10th Street across Interstate 405. Mayor Grant Degginger joined state Department of Transportation secretary Paula Hammond and a host of local state and federal officials in a ribbon-cutting that marked the formal opening of the Northeast 10th Street extension.
"We heard over and over again during my 10 years on the council that transportation is the most important issue facing the Eastside," Degginger said, noting that the 10th Street extension and additional lanes on I-405 will cut travel times and allow people more time with their families.
Northeast 10th Street was extended from 112th Avenue Northeast, west of I-405, to 116th Avenue Northeast, east of I-405, connecting Bellevue's downtown district to its growing medical district. A partnership between the city and WSDOT, the project was built in two phases and took about three years to complete.
The city built the roadway from 116th Avenue Northeast to the eastern edge of the highway, between Overlake Medical Center and Group Health Cooperative; WSDOT built the rest of the overpass, funded by the 2003 and 2005 gas tax increases.
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