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East Link open house Tuesday to highlight Bel-Red corridor design work
With the design of the East Link extension along the Bel-Red corridor now approximately 60 percent complete, Sound Transit will hold an open house in Bellevue for community members to review the progress and offer input.
The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road. The presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.
During the final design process, Sound Transit encourages community members to review station design plans, landscaping, station materials and more. Attendees can obtain information on the project schedule and final design elements, pedestrian and bicyclist amenities, sustainability features and plans for STart public art installations.
The area that will be the focus of the open house is generally bounded by Bel-Red Road on the south, SR-520 on the north, 116th Avenue Northeast on the west, and 140th Avenue Northeast on the east. Sound Transit also will present the 60 percent design for the 130th Avenue Northeast Station along the future Northeast 15th/Northeast 16th Street.
The city of Bellevue also will share information about its concurrent transportation projects at the open house. City staff will be on hand to explain plans and answer questions about several roadway corridor improvement projects in Bel-Red including 120th, 124th, and 130th Avenues Northeast, Northeast Fourth and Sixth streets, and Northeast 15th and 16th streets.
The scheduled 2023 opening of East Link will produce access to destinations along a regional light rail system stretching approximately 50 miles. Riders departing from Bellevue Transit Center will be able to reach downtown Seattle in 20 minutes, Overlake Transit Center in 10 minutes and Sea-Tac International Airport in 55 minutes.
By 2030 East Link is projected to carry about 50,000 riders each weekday.