The intersection at Northeast First Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast will be closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians from March 27 until approximately April 17 for construction of a pedestrian crossing.
The new crossing will connect to a new south entrance of Downtown Park, which is scheduled to reopen at the end of June, following completion of the circular promenade and a new, universally accessible Inspiration Playground.
The “Complete the Circle” project includes completion of the circular canal and tree-lined promenade in the park, creation of a “grand entrance” and water feature at the south end of the park. More landscape plantings, terraced seating, an expansion of the 100th Avenue Northeast parking lot and removal of the former Ballet Arts building will round out the project.
Work at the closed intersection includes: pavement removal; regrading and repaving; and removal and replacement of the sidewalk ramps.
Construction crews work Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Local traffic will have access to parking garages, and deliveries, mail service and garbage collection will continue.
Westbound traffic on Northeast Second Street will be detoured to Main Street at 103rd Avenue Northeast. Eastbound traffic on Northeast First Street will be closed to through traffic at the intersection of 100th Avenue Northeast.
Street parking will be unavailable on Northeast First Street from 100th Avenue Northeast to 103rd Avenue Northeast.
According to Christina Faine, Bellevue Parks public information officer, the construction is estimated to wrap up this summer.
“We expect the park to be open by this year’s Fourth of July festivities,” she said.