City marks completion of first levy-funded improvements

City marks completion of first levy-funded improvements
Posted on 07/06/2017
Residents Celebrate Levy Project Unveiling

Residents in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, along with Bellevue elected officials, on Thursday celebrated completion of the first improvements funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion levy. The event also kicks off construction work for projects in the 20-year levy, approved by voters last November.

The new sections of sidewalk highlighted Thursday are part of a larger levy project in the Crossroads area that will fix 360 defects in dozens of locations, the equivalent of approximately 1.75 miles of new, six-foot wide sidewalk. The Crossroads project is just one of 38 levy-funded transportation projects identified by the City Council that are scheduled to begin in 2017 or 2018.  

“It is great to get the first look at what the voter-approved Neighborhood Levy looks like in action,” said Mayor John Stokes. “It might not be glamorous but, for residents who walk in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, they will experience how these sidewalk improvements can make neighborhoods more livable. And this is just the beginning.”

Judi Miller, a member of the Chase Community Club Executive Board, said “This safety improvement in our neighborhood will now encourage more alternative modes of travel.”

During the event, a project sign was unveiled to commemorate completion of the first levy-funded transportation improvement. Also attending were residents from the neighborhood, as well as Councilmembers Conrad Lee and Lynne Robinson.

Under an $826,780 construction contract, crews will correct damage to Crossroads area sidewalks caused by tree roots, unevenness caused by erosion and other impacts. In addition to a better walking surface, the work ensures that sidewalks comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Revenue from the Neighborhood Levy will be used to reduce a lengthy backlog of work in several categories: projects to reduce neighborhood congestion, neighborhood safety projects including new bike facilities, new and enhanced sidewalks and trails, and technology for safety and traffic management. 

A list of projects funded in the 2017-2018 cycle, and other information about the levy, is available on the levy projects web page at BellevueWA.gov/TransportationLevy.

The Neighborhood levy, approved by 54 percent of voters, will raise $140 million over 20 years (15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value), or $7 million per year. In addition to construction work, revenue from the levy will pay for related project costs such as design and property acquisition.   

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