South Bellevue Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee
With the construction of the South Bellevue East Link segment anticipated to begin in fall 2016, the city is working with affected neighborhoods in helping to identify traffic mitigation tools and locations to lessen the potential traffic impacts. Specifically, East Link construction will impact Bellevue Way Southeast from near the current location of the South Bellevue Park and Ride along the roadway to the “Y” intersection (Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue) and extending onto 112th Avenue Southeast. The construction will involve building the trackway of the East Link light rail and South Bellevue station.
Bellevue Way Southeast is a major arterial serving downtown Bellevue and the neighborhoods south of downtown. It is key connection for commuters entering and exiting Bellevue via I-90. When traffic becomes congested, typically southbound during the afternoon commute, some drivers bypass the congestion by using 108th Avenue Southeast and other neighborhood streets.
Draft South Bellevue Traffic Mitigation Plan
In September 2016, residents of Bellecrest, Enatai, Surrey Downs and Beaux Arts Village received a mailer which seeks their feedback on a draft traffic mitigation plan to be implemented during East Link construction on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast. The draft plan recommended strategic turn restrictions at key entrances in/out of these neighborhoods to deter commuter traffic from using neighborhood streets and is the recommendation of the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee. Residents in the impacted neighborhoods were asked to complete an online survey by to share feedback that will be shared with the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee in late October.The online survey is closed. Draft South Bellevue Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Plan – Mailer.
UPDATE (1/12/17): At its January 10, 2017 meeting, the NTM Committee was advised of the City’s Transportation Director’s decision not to pursue a placard system for preferred access by some residents. The decision is based upon:
- No local or national precedence in application or case law
- Placard system would be extremely difficult to administer and require additional resources
- Precedent setting for neighborhoods
- Enforcement requires substantial resources
- Could create unwanted and unexpected driver behavior
- May create jurisdictional challenges because Beaux Arts Village is its own municipal entity
Recent traffic data (vehicle volumes and turning movements) was presented to the committee which reflect the following themes. View the presentation from the Jan. 10 meeting.
- 108th Ave SE between Bellevue Way and Main St: vehicle volumes increased
- Neighborhood streets south of Bellevue Way: vehicle volumes static
- Turning movement trends
- 108th Ave SE north of Bellevue Way: southbound volumes increased during the afternoon commute, northbound volumes increased during the morning commute
- South of Bellevue Way: generally static
- Only two data points (2014 and 2016); doesn’t point to trendline
While the Committee needs to finalize the revised draft plan, proposed plan elements include:
- “Residential Area: Local Access Only” signs (orange background/black text) will be installed at 101st Ave SE south of Main St; 108th Ave SE south of Main St; 104th Ave SE south of Bellevue Way; and 108th Ave SE and Bellevue Way (north and south of intersection)
- Speed monitoring sign (stationary radar sign with loop detector that detects vehicle volumes on an ongoing basis) will be installed at: 108th Ave SE between Main St and Bellevue Way (both direction); 108th Ave SE between Bellevue Way and SE 34th St and 113th Ave SE between SE 34th St and Bellevue Way
- “No Access to Bellevue Way” sign installed at 108th Ave SE south of Main St
- Morning and afternoon turn restrictions on 108th Ave SE north of Bellevue Way and at SE 16th St and Bellevue Way
- Additional outreach to the wider community featuring the ability for residents to provide feedback
Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee
The Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee (NTMC) includes a broad and geographically balanced representation from the neighborhoods of Bellecrest, Enatai and Surrey Downs and Beaux Arts Village. Membership includes one member of the Board of the above listed neighborhoods and 7 “community-at-large” members. The NTMC will help identify and support mitigation tools that best mitigate neighborhood traffic impacts resulting from 112th Avenue Southeast lane closures, reversible lane configuration on Bellevue Way and closure of Bellevue Way Southeast on weekends.
- January 10, 2017 NTMC Meeting (#7)
- November 15, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#6)
- October 25, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#5)
- August 2, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#4)
- July 6, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#3)
- June 16, 2016 NTMC Meeting (#2)
- May 11, 2016 NTMC meeting (#1)
April 27, 2016 South Bellevue East Link Construction Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Meeting - Highlights
The city’s Transportation Department hosted an informational meeting on April 27, 2016 with the Bellecrest, Enatai and Surrey Downs neighborhoods and Beaux Arts Village to share background on known areas of traffic conditions and constraints, to receive additional feedback on other areas of concerns as they relate to East Link construction, and to address the next steps to form the South Bellevue East Link Construction NTMC. Below are the materials from the initial meeting:
For more information about the NTMC, please contact John Murphy, Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services at 425-452-6967 or email@example.com or Marie Jensen, East Link Outreach at 425-452-2064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.