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Magic Season in Bellevue Street Closures; King County Charter Review; Human Services Commission Opening

Posted By Chris Johnson, Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Magic Season in Bellevue Street Closures & Traffic Map

The Holidays have arrived and with them, Magic Season in Downtown Bellevue. Whether you plan to experience the Snowflake Lane At The Bellevue Collection, take a turn on the ice rink in Downtown Park, experience the beauty of Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden or take a quiet stroll on Main Street, be sure to consider your travel and parking destinations ahead of time.

  • In general, be prepared for the following nightly closures during the Snowflake Lane show, which begins at 7:00pm on Bellevue Way NE, from NE 4th Street to NE 8th from 6:45 – 7:45 PM;
  • NE 6th Street, from 105th Avenue NE to Bellevue Way NE, will be closed 6-7:45 PM.

And be sure to consult with the City’s interactive, live traffic map before you begin your trip.

 

King County Charter Review

Local government experts know that King County is one of only seven with home rule charters, allowing them to adopt their own form of government that may depart from the commission form prescribed by state law.

Back in 1968, a Board of Freeholders proposed a county charter which was adopted by the voters and every ten years since then, a commission has been formed to review the county charter and propose amendments to the voters.

Members of the general public have a chance to weigh-in on possible changes to the charter on any number of topics including the perennial favorite, whether we should have a separately elected office of county sheriff.

Learn more about the charter review process and take a survey here.

 

Human Services Commission Opening

One of the best ways to get involved in public life, is to serve as a member of a municipal government board or commission. The City of Bellevue is now seeking applicants for a vacant position on its Human Services Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the City Council concerning human services planning and funding, including regional service integration strategies.

If you’d like to be considered for this opening, fill out and return a paper or online application no later than December 7th, 2018. Learn more at the Commission’s webpage.

 

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A Thank You to City Staff, Preliminary Election Results; Holiday Food and Toy Drive; Sound Transit Service Changes

Posted By Chris Johnson, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Thank You to City Staff

With all the acrimony surrounding this year’s election cycle, I would like to pause and thank City of Bellevue staff for the good work they do, every day in our community.

Earlier this year, I contacted Bellevue Parks staff and suggested installation of a bench at Bannerwood Sports Park. They agreed and now there is a new bench and picnic table in a nice shady area facing the Richards Creek basin, a great place to experience local flora and fauna.

Thanks again to Bellevue Parks staff for your customer-service attitude! Read the full story on page four, in the October issue of Bellevue It’s Your City.

 

Preliminary Election Results

While much of election night media coverage focused on which party would control the U.S. House and Senate, there were two ballot measures of importance to business, right here in Washington.

The Bellevue Chamber opposed Initiative 1631, establishing a carbon fee and supported I-1634, preempting local option grocery taxes. Read more about our positions in recent issues of Bellevue Blitz.

Here are the preliminary statewide results:

Initiative Measure No. 1631 – carbon fee

Measure              Vote                      Vote %

Yes                       850,861              43.68%

No                        1,097,277            56.32%

Total Votes           1,948,138           100%

Initiative Measure No. 1634 – grocery taxes

Measure              Vote                      Vote %

Yes                       1,062,381             54.78%

No                         876,921               45.22%

Total Votes            1,939,302            100%

To see vote totals by County or to track election results over time, visit the WA Secretary of State elections web page.

 

Holiday Food and Toy Drive

Bellevue is a generous community and once again, the Bellevue Fire Foundation will be conducting a holiday toy and food drive at local fire stations through December 10th.  New, unwrapped toys will be distributed at the annual Youth Holiday Party at Crossroads Community Center on December 18th.

Monetary donations will be accepted through December 24th and will be used to purchase toys and non-perishable food. Find out which fire stations will accept your donations and additional details regarding the holiday food and toy drive here.

 

Sound Transit Service Changes

Major changes to Sound Transit Regional Express Bus service are planned for March 2019. In particular, the Route 550 which serves many Bellevue residents, will be removed from the DT Seattle Transit Tunnel and will operate on surface streets. Moreover, once the light rail service begins in 2023, all Regional Express trips serving the I-90 corridor will be truncated in Bellevue or on Mercer Island.

In the meantime, you can provide input on the proposed March 2019 service changes in several ways. Sound Transit will be holding a public hearing at 1 PM on November 8th and an open house from 5 – 7 PM, also on November 8th. Both meetings will be held at Union Station, Ruth Fisher Board Room, 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle.

Alternatively, you may provide written comments via e mail at servicechanges@soundtransit.org or via USPS at Service Planning, 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104.

Learn more about the Service Implementation Plan at the Sound Transit service planning web page.

 

 

 

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Voter Registration, Ballot Return and Election Results; More on Statewide Ballot Measures

Posted By Chris Johnson, Thursday, October 25, 2018

Voter Registration, Ballot Return and Election Results

If you are new to Bellevue or the State of Washington, you may not be certain how to vote. Just a few years ago, our state eliminated polling places and moved to vote by mail only. That means that if you are a registered voter, you should already have received your general election voters’ pamphlet in the mail, with your ballot soon to follow.

If you have not yet registered, you must do so by Monday, October 29th at the King County Elections office in person, via mail or online at the WA Secretary of State’s Office or get more information here.

To learn more about candidates and measures on the ballot and to track local election night results, visit the King County Elections web page. To track statewide election results, visit the WA Secretary of State elections site.

More on Statewide Ballot Measures

As noted in this week’s issue of BizVoice, there are important issues up and down this year’s general election ballot, from US Senator and WA State Supreme Court to legislative races. There are two statewide ballot measures, however, which stand out due to their potential implications for the business community.

After due diligence and deep discussion by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Chamber has taken positions on I-1634, grocery taxation and I-1631, carbon emissions fee.

Initiative 1634 – Keep Groceries Affordable Act (Taxation of Groceries)

Last year, the Seattle City Council voted to impose a sweetened beverage tax of $1.75 per ounce, effective January 1, 2018. The effects were felt immediately by large and small grocers alike, with a 35-cent additional tax on a 20-ounce bottle of soda with sweetener, or $1.75 on s 2-liter bottle. 

Initiative 1634 would amend state law to prevent enaction of any additional taxes on grocery items, defined as raw or processed foods, including sweetened beverages, at the local level. Seattle’s existing ordinance would not be affected.

The Bellevue Chamber believes imposing taxes on the grocery cart at the local level is neither a fair nor reliable way to fund core government programs. We join grocers, food producers and unions representing those who work in these industries, in supporting I-1634, ‘Yes to affordable groceries.”

Initiative 1631 – Protect Washington Act (Carbon Emissions Fee)

Read our news release on Initiative 1631 here

In 2016, Initiative 732 – Create Carbon Emission Tax, was rejected by a vote 59 – 41%. This measure would have implemented a tax of $25 per metric ton in 2018, followed by an escalator of 3.5 % plus inflation, with a cap of $100. At the same time, to reduce costs to businesses and individuals, I-732 proposed reductions in B&O taxes and sales tax relief for low income households.

Initiative 1631 proposes a fee of $15 per metric ton, escalating annually by $2 plus inflation, with a cap in 2035 if state greenhouse gas reduction targets are met. While the ballot title claims the measure will reduce pollution in part by “imposing a fee on large emitters based on their pollution,” so-called Energy Intensive Trade Industries are exempt.

Firms and individuals which are not exempt, however, are projected to see a 14 cent per gallon increase in motor vehicle fuel costs in 2020 and that is just for starters. Unlike I-732, this ballot measure makes no attempt to be revenue neutral and offers no tax offsets. Moreover, I-1631 creates a new, non-elected board to dispense fee revenue as follows:

  • 70 percent to the clean air and clean energy account;
  • 25 percent to the clean water and healthy forests account;
  • 5 percent to the healthy communities account.

The Bellevue Chamber strongly supports transition to a clean energy economy and is already leading the way in advocating electrification of the transportation sector. However, we cannot support a punitive carbon fee that will land primarily on small businesses and individuals without an EITE exemption.

Let’s put this measure down and go back to the drawing board in Olympia, proposing new alternative fuel vehicle tax incentives, electrification of public sector transportation fleets and real commute trip reduction options for employers. The Bellevue Chamber joins with the Association of Washington Business in recommending a NO vote on Initiative 1631.

For additional analysis on I-1631, see More on I-1631, from the Bellevue Blitz dated October 10, 2018.

 

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More on I-1631; Autonomous Vehicle Work Group; East King Chambers Coalition Draft Position Papers

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

More on I-1631

After rigorous review of the facts and discussion, at both Executive Committee and Board levels, the Chamber has announced it will not support Initiative 1631, imposing a new carbon fee. While the Chamber supports the goal of Greenhouse Gas Emissions reduction, we believe this can better be accomplished through incentives, rather than a new fee or additional regulations.

Read our news release on Initiative 1631 here

In performing due diligence on this ballot measure, Chamber members gave great weight to the following policy points.

  • The Chamber previously considered, but ultimately opposed, Initiative 732 in 2016, a carbon tax proposal which was ultimately rejected by the voters.
  • While I-732 would have imposed a carbon tax of $25 per ton, beginning in 2018, with a 3.5% annual escalator, it also included a hard cap of $100. I-1631 proposes an initial fee of $15 per ton beginning in 2020 and it contains an escalator of $2 per ton plus inflation, with a price freeze at $40 per ton (constant dollars) in 2035, only if the state’s statutory carbon emissions goals are reached.
  • To offset the impact of the carbon tax, I-732 would have eliminated the B&O tax on manufacturing and provided a 1% reduction in the sales tax. I-1631 contains no similar across-the-board tax relief for business.
  • The I-631 campaign claims to go after the most egregious corporate polluters but exempts so-called Energy Intensive Trade Exposed Businesses (EITE’s) in 23 categories. Examples of the latter include coal-fired power plants, pulp and paper mills and chemical manufacturers.
  • Revenue collected under I-1631 would be allocated by a multi-tiered and non-elected board, without direct representation by legislators, small business owners or taxpayers.
  • Oil refiners are not exempt, however, and the direct impact upon consumers is estimated to be 15 cents per gallon, beginning in 2019, rising to 40 cents per gallon by 2029 (Source: Everett Herald).
  • If the Chamber wishes to have a direct impact upon carbon reduction, we can work directly with the Legislature and state Department of Ecology, regarding implementation of the US v. Volkswagen settlement, support continued electrification of the transportation sector and increased support for the multi-modal fund in the 2019-2021 biennial transportation budget.

Regardless as to the outcome of the vote on I-1631, the Bellevue Chamber will remain engaged with other business organizations and our elected officials to achieve measurable carbon reduction over the near and long term.


Autonomous Vehicle Work Group

While the operation of fully autonomous vehicles on local arterials may be years away, we believe the time is now for Bellevue to lead the in the development and testing of disruptive transportation technologies.

Chamber Chair-elect John Milbrath and Director of Government Relations Chris Johnson, along with City of Bellevue Transportation Partnership Manager Steve Marshall and ACES Eastside Project Manager Bruce Agnew all participate in the WA State Autonomous Vehicle Work Group.

To next meeting of the A/V Work Group Executive Committee is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th; find additional information here.


East King Chambers Coalition Draft Position Papers

As part of an annual tradition, the members of the East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative are in the process of reviewing proposed 2019 policy positions. The following draft position papers have received updates:

  • Economic Development
  • PreK-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Growth Management

Come to Chamber Public Affairs on Thursday, October 11th at Noon for a discussion; your input will be considered by our Executive Committee and Board of Directors this month. Final versions of these papers will be adopted in November by all nine Coalition member chambers.

 

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September Economic Forecast; ST Construction in Overlake; Nightly Closures in Bel-Red

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018

September Economic Forecast Update

Heading into the fourth quarter of the 2018 calendar year, here’s what the state Economic Forecast and Revenue Council has to say about the overall health of our economy.

At the national level, GDP saw a slight uptick from 4.1 to 4.2% during the second quarter, followed by a net increase in 201,000 jobs during the month of August. New unemployment filings dropped by 204,000 in the week ending September 8th, the lowest since 1969.

Here in Washington, employment growth was stronger than expected, with 6,000 more jobs being generated, taking into account seasonal fluctuations, than was expected than in the June forecast. Similarly, General Fund State revenue grew 4.8% during August – September than projected.

Read the numbers and check out the graphs at the Revenue and Economic Forecast Council webpage.

Temporary Road Closure in Overlake Area

Sound Transit contractors will temporarily close the intersection of 148th and SR 520, on the evening of Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday the 20th, 11 PM through 5 AM, ending on Friday morning, September 21st.

Nightly Closures in Bel-Red

Beginning Monday, September 24th, be prepared for nightly intersection and roadway work in the Bel-Red Area, in preparation for East Link operations between the Spring District and Bel-Red/130th Stations. Expect closure of 136th Place NW between Spring Blvd and Northeast 20th Street, as well as a detour at the intersection of NE 20th and 136th Place.

Work will occur overnight between 8 PM and 6 AM, and should be complete by Friday, September 28th. For additional information, visit the East Link project webpage.

Catch up on other East Link-related closures at the project webpage.

 

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Back to School Safety; Neighborhood Leadership Gathering; Bellevue Network on Aging

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Back to School Safety

With K-12 students returning to the classroom last week, now is always a good time to be extra careful while driving in school zones!

When yellow lights are flashing, that means the speed limit is reduced to 20 MPH. Just as important, when you see flashing red lights or a school bus with a stop sign deployed, do not attempt to pass and bring your vehicle to complete stop.

And for the first time in close to 50 years, there is a completely new elementary school in town. Please slow down and watch for pedestrians, as you approach the new Wilburton Elementary at the corner of NE 1st and 124th NE, near the Bellevue Botanical Garden and Wilburton Hill Park.

Be sure your own children know the rules of the road and if you would like to learn more about how you can help reduce congestion around school zones, take a look at the Bellevue School Pool program, now in its third year.

Enjoy the September sunshine and be careful in school zones!

Neighborhood Leadership Gathering

Twice a year, neighborhood leaders from across the city gather to exchange information and ideas and learn how services are delivered. The next gathering is just around the corner and the focus will be on all things relating to Bellevue Public Utilities. Unlike other city departments, Utilities is operated as an enterprise fund, meaning all its operating and capital costs must be covered by ratepayers.

Here’s your chance to become an expert on surface water management and storm water retention, sewer collection and treatment, as well as recycling and conservation. You’ll also learn about how Bellevue Utilities plans for future capital needs and just maybe, information about the new smart meter system, scheduled to come online in 2019.

Mark your calendar for the Neighborhood Leadership Gathering on Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Bellevue Service Center, 2901 115th Ave. NE. Learn more or register here.

Bellevue Network on Aging

According to AARP, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day and as they age, are likely to increase as a share of Bellevue’s population. The City is seeking two new members for the Bellevue Network on Aging, which serves the needs of seniors who choose to age in place in our community. The mission of the group is to advise the Department of Parks and Community Services, which delivers all Aging Services programming.

Learn more or apply online by September 28th.

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More on statewide ballot measures; Q4 Advocacy Program; 124th NE Bike facilities survey

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

More on statewide ballot measures

Initiative 1634 – Keep Groceries Affordable Act (Taxation of Groceries)

Last year, the Seattle City Council voted to impose a sweetened beverage tax of $1.75 per ounce, effective January 1, 2018. The effects were felt immediately by large and small grocers alike, with a 35-cent additional tax on a 20-ounce bottle of soda with sweetener, or $1.75 on a 2-liter bottle. 

Initiative 1634 would amend state law to prevent enaction of any additional taxes on grocery items, defined as raw or processed foods, including sweetened beverages, at the local level. Seattle’s existing ordinance would not be affected.

The Bellevue Chamber believes imposing taxes on the grocery cart at the local level, is neither a fair nor reliable way to fund core government programs. We join grocers, food producers and unions representing those who work in these industries, in supporting I-1634, ‘Yes to affordable groceries.”

Initiative 1631Protect Washington Act (Carbon Emissions Fee)

In 2016, Initiative 732 – Create Carbon Emission Tax, was rejected by a vote 59 – 41%. This measure would have implemented a tax of $25 per metric ton in 2018, followed by an escalator of 3.5 % plus inflation, with a cap of $100. At the same time, to reduce costs to businesses and individuals, I-732 proposed reductions in B&O taxes and sales tax relief for low income households.

Initiative 1631 proposes a fee of $15 per metric ton, escalating annually by $2 plus inflation, with a cap in 2035 if state greenhouse gas reduction targets are met. While the ballot title claims the measure will reduce pollution in part by “imposing a fee on large emitters based on their pollution,” so-called Energy Intensive Trade Industries are exempt.

Firms and individuals which are not exempt, however, are projected to see a 14 cent per gallon increase in motor vehicle fuel costs in 2020 and that is just for starters. Unlike I-732, this ballot measure makes no attempt to be revenue neutral and offers no tax offsets. Moreover, I-1631 creates a new, unelected board to dispense fee revenue as follows:

  • ·         70 percent to the clean air and clean energy account;
  • ·         25 percent to the clean water and healthy forests account;
  • ·         5 percent to the healthy communities account.

The Bellevue Chamber strongly supports transition to a clean energy economy and is already leading the way in advocating electrification of the transportation sector. However, we cannot support a punitive carbon fee that will land primarily on small businesses and individuals without an EITE exemption.

Let’s put this measure down and go back to the drawing board in Olympia, proposing new alternative fuel vehicle tax incentives, electrification of public sector transportation fleets and real commute trip reduction options for employers. The Bellevue Chamber joins with the Association of Washington Business in recommending a NO vote on Initiative 1631.

Q4 Advocacy Program

While September is often the “real” summer in Seattle, your Chamber advocacy initiatives will be up and running. Here are a few examples of issues we’ll take on during the Fourth Quarter of 2019.

New Business – Q4 Advocacy Work Program

1.       Housing Affordability Project – Status report and further direction regarding prioritization (September – November).

2.       I-405 Bus Rapid Transit – Presentation in committee or before Bellevue Chamber Board of Directors (September - October).

3.       SeaTac Airport Sustainable Airport Master Plan – Presentation in committee or before Board (September).

4.       Review and make recommendations regarding proposed Bellevue 2019-20 operating budget, 2019-25 CIP and 2019-2030 TFP (September – November).

5.       Review, refine and adopt East King Chambers Coalition 2019 Legislative Agenda (September – November).

6.       Review and refine disruptive transportation technologies initiatives (ongoing).
7.       Review and recommend strategies for funding and implementation of I-405 Master Plan, both current and future phases (ongoing).

See something missing or want to get involved? Contact Chris Johnson at cjohnson@bellevuechamber.org

124th NE Bike facilities survey

The City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Plan, as adopted in 2009, proposed over 400 different projects to create a network of safe, non-motorized transportation facilities. Earlier this year, the Bike Rapid Implementation Program identified a Priority Bicycle Corridor network, including gaps in existing facilities.

Now the City is proposing interim changes to improve bicycling conditions on 124th Avenue Northeast, between NE 8th and NE 12th. Take a look at design concepts and take a survey here.

In the meantime, we’ll be monitoring the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway and Bellevue’s bike share pilot program, and will let you know when these projects go into the evaluation phase. If you would like either of these items to be added to the Chamber’s Q4 advocacy program, contact Chris Johnson at cjohnson@bellevuechamber.org

 

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City Budget Principles; NE 8th Partial Closure; Enviro Services Commission and Diversity Advisory Network Openings

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

City Budget Principles

The City of Bellevue is preparing an operating budget for the 2019 biennium and a Capital Improvement Program for 2019-25. A public hearing was held on August 6th and staff representatives from the Bellevue Chamber and Bellevue Downtown Association were on hand to offer a business perspective.

The single most important factor which emerged from our joint budget task force review, was the forecast of City expenditures outpacing revenues by 2021, dipping into the City’s historical 15% ending fund balance.

Consequently, we offer the following recommendations:

  • Take steps to control operating costs in the coming biennium;
  • Preserve existing levels of service for current adopted programs;
  • Maintain existing sources and levels of taxation for general government;
  • Preserve the 15% Ending Fund Balance to ensure adequate reserves;

Align revenues with adopted Council and business community priorities such as staffing Fire Station Ten and addressing the unfunded Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters pension liability.

Stay tuned for another public hearing in November; In the meantime, we’ll be back with more detailed comments in writing next month.

 

NE 8th Partial Closure

As previously noted on this page, work to replace the Kelsey Creek Culvert under NE 8th Street is underway to improve fish passage and the long-term physical integrity of this busy major arterial.

A partial roadway closure between 132nd NE and 134th NE is planned for August 15th – 31st. Get additional details and review a map on the City’s website.

 

Environmental Services Commission and Diversity Advisory Network Openings

As we enjoy summer sunshine on the Eastside, we know that autumn is just around the corner and with it, new opportunities for civic engagement. Consider stepping up your presence in our community by applying for an opening on the City Environmental Services Commission through August 24th or the Diversity Advisory Network through August 20th. Business owners and operators possess valuable community-building skills, so follow your passion and sign up today.

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Homeless Shelter Good Neighbor Agreement; BAM Arts Fair – How to Get There; Youth Link Board Opening

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Homeless Shelter Good Neighbor Agreement

The homeless shelter land use code amendment (LUCA) as adopted by Council on July 16th, includes provisions relating to a so-called Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) and Committee. The GNA process is designed to foster communication between the shelter operator and residents of the surrounding neighborhood.

Here’s a summary of who will participate:

  • Up to eight residents who reside within one mile of the shelter;
  • Up to two residents of the city at-large to represent citywide interests;
  • Up to one parent or guardian to represent the K-12 student perspective;
  • Up to three representatives from businesses located within one mile;
  • One shelter operator representative;
  • One shelter services provider representative;
  • One shelter funding organization representative;
  • Up to one human services organization representative.

For more information, see the City’s news release or read Ordinance 6419.

BAM Arts Fair – How to Get There

Long-time Bellevue residents will tell you it has only rained once on Arts Fair Weekend over the last forty years. Regardless, you’ll want to plan how to get in and out of Downtown Bellevue and where to park. Be aware of the following partial closures, Thursday – Sunday:

  • 100th Avenue NE SB, NE 10th to NE 8th, 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM;
  • 100th Avenue NE NB, NE 4th to NE 8th, Thursday, 7 AM – 3 PM and Sunday, 5-10 PM;
  • NE 10th WB, 106th & 108th avenues Thursday, 5-10 PM and Sunday, 5-10 PM;
  • 106th NE in both directions, NE 4th to NE 6th, 6 PM Thursday until 10 PM, Sunday;
  • NE 6th will in both directions, Bellevue Way to 106th NE, 6 PM, Thursday until 10 PM Sunday;
  • 102nd NE in both directions, NE 8th to NE 10th, 7 AM, Friday until 10 PM Sunday.

Parking will be available on the upper floors of the Bellevue Square garage; see BAM ARTS Fair map and driving directions here. Alternatively, skip the hassle and travel via Metro or Sound Transit.

Youth Link Board Opening

For nearly thirty years, Youth Link has been developing young leaders in our community. Now is your chance to support this partnership between the City of Bellevue Parks Department and Bellevue Public Schools, by joining the Youth Link Board.

The Board is split between adult and youth volunteers and meets once to a month to oversee implementation and funding of Youth Link’s action agenda. Examples of past projects include the Bellevue Skate Park, Youth Council and Youth Court.

Learn more or apply by August 3rd here.

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Transportation Facilities Plan; Bellevue Traffic Alerts; Sound Transit Construction Update

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Transportation Facilities Plan

As the City continues to grow, so does its need for additional transportation facilities. However, before a project can be funded in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), it must first be designated a priority in the 12-year Transportation Facilities Plan (TFP).

At a study session this week, Council received an early look at the proposed 2019-30 TFP. After existing projects have been funded to the tune of $227 million, $140 million is expected to be available for new investments.

View the preliminary 2019-30 TFP, including the Bellevue Way Project (TFP 242) as presented to Council.

Following environmental analysis this summer, Council will review and adopt the plan later this year.

Bellevue Traffic Alerts

With arrival of summer weather, construction season is in high gear. Here are few new alerts you should be aware of, as you travel around town.

  • Eastgate overlay work, just east of Richards Road: 7/5 -12, Mon - Fri, 7 am - 3 pm for ramp work.
  • Newport neighborhood overlay work above Eastgate Safeway (east of 38th and 154th)7/5 -12, Mon - Fri, 7 am -3 pm for neighborhood ramp work.  
  • Newport Key Bridge construction: Ongoing through October 2018.
  • Cascade Key Bridge construction: Ongoing through December 2018.

For additional information, see the City’s traffic alerts page.

Sound Transit Construction Update

Here’s a short list of ongoing closures relating to Link Light Rail construction.

  • Bellevue Way Southeast reversible lane configuration
  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Ave Southeast
  • Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp 120-day closure
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Ave Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lots.

To stay on top of day to day closures, see the East Link project page.

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