Levy to Improve Safety, Connectivity and Reduce Traffic Progress Is Provided By Transportation Dept.
Bellevue's transportation department published a "Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity, and Congestion Levy Progress Update" video to report on five years of progress toward the twenty-year levy that was approved by voters in November, 2016.
Fifty-five neighborhood transportation improvements have been completed, said John Murphy, Levy Program Manager with many more currently are in progress. $22 million has been invested into levy improvements in Bellevue neighborhoods.
Murphy gave an example of a traffic safety improvement project as the Newport Way sidewalk project that has improved the safety of walkers and bicyclists in the area. With 12,000 vehicles traveling this road per day there were no sidewalks or bike lanes. A new multipurpose path and sidewalks have been built as well as a flashing light crosswalk. Retaining walls, lighting and landscaping have been added.
The 108th complete streets project is a levy connectivity project that links together regional bicycle paths from north to south of downtown Bellevue. "It also provided the first protected bike lane through the city center," Murphy said. A bicyclist in the video said that he liked the bike path because it was wide and well-marked. Added features include bicycle traffic signals, cement planters separating the bike lanes from vehicle traffic, mid-block cross walks, and bright green color markings so that bike lanes can be better seen by passing vehicles.
An example of a congestion reduction project is the 164th Ave. and Newport Way mini-roundabout. Traffic now flows easier by going slower without stop signs ins "a safer, more predictable way" he said.
The East Bellevue Demonstration Greenway is a two-mile corridor funded by the levy located in the NE Lake Hills and Westlake Sammamish neighborhoods "that provides a safer, more comfortable environment for people walking and biking in the neighborhood" Murphy explained. He added it contains a mini-traffic circle decorated with a leaves pattern that reduces traffic speed.
Andrew Singelakis, Transportation Director, expressed how the input and support by Bellevue neighborhoods for the levy has been very appreciated and that addressing connectivity, safety and easing of traffic congestion will be continued.
The video ends with the statement that "we're looking forward to continuing to build out the world-class transportation infrastructure that the City of Bellevue residents and the wider community have come to expect."
For more information go to Transportation Levy.