Due to the length and nature of the project it is anticipated that the design process and environmental review could take up to 24 months to complete. The duration is estimated because at this time the City doesn’t know what the environmental review will find. The City heard your voices during the budget process and plans to seek community input throughout the design process.
Our project is not yet over. It will likely span many years and require continued community support and presence to make sure our sidewalk remains a priority in the City Budget. We will remain an active group until the ribbon cutting of our new Newport Way Sidewalk that will link our communities together safely for generations to come. Please join our group and support our priority of Newport Way sidewalks - for a safer community.
If you'd like to receive occasional e-mail updates on this project, drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to the list. Otherwise, check back here periodically for the latest.
To show your appreciation and continued support, it would be helpful to send a thank-you message to the City Council at email@example.com.
Here is an initial drawing of the cross-section of the new street with sidewalk and bike lanes
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According to Paul Krawcyzk, City of Bellevue's Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering will complete the 60% engineering design in late March after which the City will conduct a comprehensive review by various departments (Parks, Utilities, Land Use and Transportation). The next phase will be to apply for the numerous required permits (Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental and Department of Fish and Wildlife). Currently, there is a backlog of applications at most agencies so permitting may be delayed.
By the end of September or October the project is scheduled to go out for bid advertisement (to hire a contractor). After construction documents are signed and approved, roadway construction will begin (scheduled for Spring 2019). The road construction will last approximately one year. The completion date is dependent on weather and permitting but we are hopeful to see the sidewalk and bike lanes completed by the summer of 2020. See the project timeline below.
We are excited to see work beginning and will keep you posted about any changes to the schedule.
The design for the sidewalk and bike lanes is nearing completion. Preliminary work has begun. See "Current Status" for details.
We are a group of neighbors working together to promote the construction of a safe sidewalk and bike lanes along a dangerous stretch of Newport Way that connects Tyee Middle School, Edgebrook Swimming Pool, the Community Center, the Library, Eastgate Park, Aldersgate Church and Day Care Center. More information can be found on the "About" page.
March 2018: You may have started to see things happening along Newport Way. Puget Sound Energy crews are preparing to move the utility poles to the north side of Newport Way from the Somerset entrance to 150th Avenue SE in order to make way for the Newport Way walkway improvements. Expect some traffic delays as trees and undergrowth are removed to allow room for the new poles. These new poles will also hold the future street lighting along Newport Way and provide services to adjacent properties. New poles should be installed by midsummer.
Here is an overview of the project schedule:
Newport Way Sidewalk
For a Safer Community