Lakemont Boulevard / Cougar Mountain Way / SE 63rd Street Intersection
This intersection is currently controlled by stop signs on Cougar Mountain Way and Southeast 63rd Street. Lakemont Boulevard serves as a major connection between Interstate 90 and the City of Newcastle and serves as the principal north-south arterial for Bellevue residents living in that area. Cougar Mountain Way and Southeast 63rd Street provide access to the neighborhoods to the east and west. Due to the high traffic volumes during peak travel times and related traffic delays on Lakemont Boulevard, improvements to the Cougar Mountain Way Southeast intersection are a priority for the city.
This project will install a traffic signal at the intersection, along with curb ramps which comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, a new sidewalk on the east side Lakemont Blvd between Cougar Mountain Way and SE 62 St, landscaping and irrigation. These intersection improvements will improve access to nearby neighborhoods, area parks, retail centers and schools. The project will also improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and it will enhance the look and feel of the intersection.
- January 2015 - Begin construction of the intersection improvements
- Summer 2015 - Construction completion
Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drivers should expect periodic traffic delays and travel carefully through the construction zone.
The project budget is estimated at $1.5 million.
In August 2013, the city held a public open house to present options for improving the Lakemont Boulevard/Cougar Mountain Way and SE 63rd Street intersection. Four options were presented:
- Left-turn lanes on Lakemont Boulevard
- All-way stop signs
- Traffic signal
- Traffic roundabout
After reviewing the alternatives and project evaluation data, over 70% of the attendees preferred the Traffic Signal alternative.