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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Autonomous Vehicle Study Bill; Bellevue Way SE Open House; Sound Transit Construction Alerts

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, March 5, 2018

Autonomous Vehicle Study Bill

With just three days until the end of the Regular Session in Olympia, your Chamber legislative team is pleased to report much progress in preparing the way for disruptive transportation technologies.

Our big win is final passage of House Bill 2970, creating an autonomous vehicle work group. The outcome was a bit of a cliff-hanger, with the Senate making last minute changes to the bill, but the House concurred, and the legislation is on its way to the Governor’s desk.

As adopted, the bill directs the state Transportation Commission to convene a work group to recommend a legal and policy framework for the operation of autonomous vehicles in our state and includes broad participation for private sector stakeholders.

Because of our hard work in support of this bill, the Chamber and its allies, including AAA Washington and ACES NW Network, are in an excellent position to influence the outcome of the study process.

Stay tuned for a Session Wrap-Up in two weeks.


Bellevue Way SE Project Open House 

A longtime priority for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the widening of Bellevue Way SE is one step closer to reality. Last spring, Council give the green light for additional design work for the Bellevue Way SE project, including a closer look at extending the project all the way to 108th SE.

Now is your chance to get a look at how design concepts have evolved, as well as updated modeling of project benefits. Here are the open house details:

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Enatai Elementary School Cafeteria, 10700 SE 25th Street

If you are unable to attend, the City has provided an online open house for your convenience. It will be available on April 5th at:

If you have any questions, please contact Marina Arakelyan at 425-452-4632 or


Construction Alerts – Bellevue Way SE and 112th SE

Spring is on its way and construction on East Link Light Rail continues, rain or shine. Here are the construction advisories for this week.

The Bellevue Way SE HOV onramp to I-90 westbound, will be closed from 5 AM – 3 PM, Monday – Thursday, for the next two weeks. This ramp will also be closed at 5:30 AM on Saturday, March 10 through Sunday, March 11 at 9:00 PM. On the same weekend, all ramps from I-90 to Bellevue Way SE will also be closed; general purpose ramps from Bellevue Way SE to I-90 will remain open.

Travel will also be constrained on 112th SE, with one lane northbound closed between Bellevue Way SE and Main, 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday – Friday. Expect closure of one lane southbound between Main and SE 8th. Contractors may also close one lane southbound from SE 8th to Bellevue Way SE, as needed.

For more information, including maps, visit the Sound Transit East Link Construction Alert page.




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