Friday October 9, 2020

Sidewalk Story Published in Somerset Neighbors Magazine


The story of the community effort behind the Newport Way Sidewalk project was published in the October 2020 issue of Somerset Neighbors Magazine. The article tells the story, beginning in 2005, when Barbara Spindel became concerned about pedestrian and bicycle safety along Newport Way. The busy street connects schools, the library, and a then-new community center. She later formed a neighborhood advocacy group to encourage the city to prioritize the project. Read the full story here (PDF, 3.1MB).

Newport Way


​Friday April 4, 2020

Project Prioritized for Early Completion

Dear Neighbors,
As we all cope with the restrictions of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, we are pleased to send you the positive news that the sidewalk we have all been working for should be completed earlier than we reported last February. We want to make sure that the community is aware of the timeline for construction as well as the new traffic revisions that will affect all of us. These revisions will aid in allowing the project to be completed in November 2020, several months earlier than planned. Here's what we know:

Construction Will Begin in early April

Detour Update:

  • Eastbound SE Newport Way will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through late November 2020. Detours will be available via SE Allen Road and Somerset Blvd (see map)
  • Westbound SE Newport Way will be open.
  • Local access will be to/from westbound side of SE Newport Way

Project Completion:

  • Project will be substantially complete by late November 2020
  • Paving and striping in Spring 2021

You can check for updates on our website, or follow progress on the City of Bellevue's project website.


Friday February 14, 2020

Construction Beginning Soon!

On February 12th we attended a pre-construction meeting with City staff and learned that construction is scheduled to begin on March 30th and expected to last 290 working days. During construction hours (9am-4pm weekdays), traffic traveling Newport Way from 150th Ave to Allen Road will be one way westbound, with an eastbound detour along Allen Road starting at Allen Road and Newport Way (see map below). Outside construction hours, it will be restored to normal two-way traffic.

Marie Jensen, Project Outreach Coordinator, will be sending a mass mailing to the community soon with details about the project and detours that will impact traffic on Newport Way. The mailing will have a detailed map and traffic flow information.

You can check for updates on our website, or follow progress on the City of Bellevue's project website.


Tuesday June 25, 2019

Schedule Update June 2019

According to the City of Bellevue's Project Manager, the current schedule for the project is:

  • Advertisement for construction bids September 2019
  • Possible winter work on the proposed sidewalk on the south side of Newport Way east of the Community Center to the intersection of 150th Avenue and Newport Way (area not subject to DFW restrictions)
  • Full scale construction beginning March 2020
  • Substantial completion by Fall 2020


October 2018

Schedule Update Oct 2018

According to Paul Krawcyzk, City of Bellevue's Project Manager, the 90% design will be completed in October 2018 and will be 100% completed by the end of the year. The project will go out to bid in January 2019 with an anticipated start date in March or April 2019 (this is dependent on easements, weather and permitting).


Wednesday May 31, 2017

Open House #2 for Public Review of Current Design Concept

The City of Bellevue's project team hosted a second Open House on May 31st to present more specific and refined design concepts for public review and comment. The project manager Paul Krawczyk and two engineers were there to explain the drawings and answer questions. A large printout of the entire stretch of Newport Way showed the 10 foot multi-use path on the north side of the street and the 5 foot wide bike lane on the south side, with new cross-walk and islands. Comment sheets and post-its were provided for people to submit their comments. City Council member Lynne Robinson also attended to meet the team and learn more about the project.