Monday, January 20, 2015

Thank You City Council!

A dozen green-shirted sidewalk supporters

attended the Bellevue City Council Meeting

to express their thanks for including the

sidewalk project in the budget.    Barbara

Spindel delivered the following message to

an appreciative Council:

Good evening Mayor Balducci and members of the City Council. It’s a great pleasure to be here this evening and know that my comments will easily fit within the 3 minute time limit.  It’s a New Year and Bellevue has a new budget that includes over $7 million for building a much needed sidewalk along Newport Way.  You listened to the community and responded to move ahead and correct the unsafe conditions along this stretch of road.  On behalf the Eastgate, Somerset and greater Newport Way community, we have put on our green shirts to collectively say THANK YOU.  Please send our appreciation and thanks to the Transportation Department for the traffic safety measures they have already put in place.  We start 2015 with lower speed limits, better signage and anticipation of a great design plan for safe sidewalks and bicycle lanes along Newport Way.  Thanks for your hard work.  We appreciate it and you.
Thank you.
Barbara S Spindel


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Its Official: Unanimous Approval of Budget

Includes $7M for Newport Way Sidewalk!

After several months of collecting input from the public, stakeholder groups and staff budget teams, the City Council on Monday unanimously adopted the 2015-2016 Operating Budget and 2015-2021 Capital Investment Program Budget.   "Earlier this year, the council crafted a common vision of 'the city where you want to be.' With this budget, we have significantly advanced most of the council's shared priorities," said Mayor Claudia Balducci.  ...  Included in the capital budget: funding for a sidewalk on Newport Way ($7 million) ...


Monday, November 24, 2014

Feet First considering Newport Way Sidewalk Committee for Case Study

Feet First is a non-profit working to make Washington more Walkable, and one of the early endorsers of the Newport Way Sidewalk Project.  They are considering nominating the Committee's work and story as a case study for the WALKABLE WASHINGTON & AWARDS SYMPOSIUM 2015 at Redmond City Hall on April 2, 2015.  Here is a writeup of the Committee's background, work, and accomplishments produced for the Case Study.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Draft Budget Includes $7M for Newport Way Sidewalk!

The Bellevue City Council published a press release stating that $7M is allocated to the Newport Way sidewalk in the Draft 2015-2016 Operating Budget and the 2015-2021 Capital Investment Program Budget. The announcement came the day after the final public hearing on the budget, at which many green shirted sidewalk supporters showed up to show their support for the project (see below). The budget has yet to be approved, and could be as early as the next City Council meeting.

Below is an excerpt from the press release. The full release can be found here.

Council Roundup: Final budget hearing draws a crowd

The City Council held a final public hearing as it continued its deliberation of the draft 2015-2016 Operating Budget and the 2015-2021 Capital Investment Program Budget. Monday's hearing on the budget was the third and last such forum before the council adopts a spending plan in early December.  ...  The draft budget submitted by City Manager Brad Miyake includes a 5 percent increase in the city's share of the property tax, intended to address several critical needs.   ...   That additional revenue would be used for  ...   (list of projects)   ...   and a sidewalk on Newport Way ($7 million)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Project Plans Discussed with Project Manager

The City of Bellevue has appointed Paul Krawczyk as the Project Manager for the Newport Way Sidewalk Project.  Paul met with the Newport Way Sidewalk Committee on November 16, 2015.  The Committee shared community concerns about safety along this roadway as well as gathered information about the timeline for design and implementation.  The following is a summary of what we know at the present time:

  • The City of Bellevue approved a contract with Jacobs Engineering on January 4, 2016.  This work will include surveying the area and gathering information to help in the creation of a Roadway Alternatives Analysis Report.
  • In March 2016, once the engineering report is completed, the Project Manager will reach out for public input (public comment including open house and direct meetings with area users).
  • In Spring 2016, the Project Manager will present present the Roadway Alternatives Analysis Report to City Council.
  • DESIGN work of the improved roadway will begin after Council approval with expected completion by the end of 2016.
  • CONSTRUCTION of the improvements will likely start in Spring 2017 and last until the Fall of 2018 with a goal of opening at the start of 2018-2019 school year.

We will keep you updated on the status of the Newport Way Sidewalk project, especially once the City reaches out for public input.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Project Manager Assigned and Project Launched!

Paul Krawczyk has been named Project Manager ( and work on the project has begun.  On July 14th, Bellevue held an Open House for the engineering consultant community in order to introduce the project to the engineering consultant firms that might be interested in providing design services for the project.  The next step is the consultant selection process.  The hope is to have a design engineering contract in place by this Fall.  Outreach to the community and other users will take place after that, late in 2015. 

We will be in touch with Mr. Krawczyk to track the progress of the design selection process and we will continue to keep you updated.  As soon as we learn about a call for community input, we will let you know.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support!


Friday May 5, 2017

Open House #2 for Public Review of Current Design Concept

The City of Bellevue will host a second Open House on May 31st to present more specific and refined design concepts for public review and comment. Please save the date and plan on coming to review the design and reinforce community support for this much needed neighborhood safety improvement.

What: Newport Way Sidewalk Open House
When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017  4:30 - 6:30 PM
Where:  South Bellevue Community Center - 14509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue

We hope to see you at the Open House!


Thursday April 6, 2017

Design Concept Selected and Detail Design Underway

Since the first open house, the project team has been busy looking at various design options and securing the budget and funding for the project. Based on neighbors' feedback during the first open house in March 2016, the project team has chosen a final design concept. Surveying, engineering, and design detail work are currently in progress. On April 6, 2017, the Newport Way Sidewalk Committee met with the City's project leader, Paul Krawczyk, to review the chosen design concept, and to discuss the upcoming open house to be held in late May. The committee was pleased with the design concept and feels that it meets the safety and usability goals of the the neighborhood. The project details will be presented to Bellevue City Council in mid-summer.  Stay tuned for more information on the open house.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sidewalk & Bike Lane Open House

The City of Bellevue is hosting an Open House to show initial design concepts and options, and to get community feedback.  It is important to attend to show your support for the project and to voice your opinion on the various design choices.  The Open House is on Wednesday evening, March 30 at the South Bellevue Community Center.  More details are on the Open House page.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Project Team meets with Sidewalk Committee

At the request of the Bellevue Project Team, a meeting was held to discuss initial project goals, parameters, trade-offs, and to discuss

some preliminary project

concepts.  The meeting

included the Newport Way

Sidewalk Committee, the

Project Manager Paul

Krawczyk, the landscape

architect, and the engineer

and project manager from

Jacob Engineering. 

This meeting was also in preparation for the upcoming Open House on March 30th at the Community Center.


Newport Way


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