While road repair and maintenance is important work for any city, Bellevue will have a busy summer as it takes on re-pavement projects for more than 40 miles of roadway this summer, double the average of 20 miles per year.
Kyle Potuzak, pavement project manager, said the increase in roadway paving isn’t due to new additional roadways or damages to repair, instead much of the mileage is carryover work from 2018.
Due to the strike by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 last year, construction was slowed or stopped across Western Washington. Work that didn’t get done during the strike, Potuzak said, would have to be carried over to the 2019 construction season.
Some work has already begun in Bellevue with contractors beginning 2018 carryover work in the Eastgate area. In addition to restoring roadway pavement across the city, crews will also replace 69 curb ramps and build six new ones.
The Tam O’Shanter neighborhood in Northeast Bellevue will receive 2,500-feet of rebuilt sidewalk. The city will also be adding 3.2 miles of new bike lanes, re-striping the pavement after the road is repaved. Additionally 1.3 miles of existing bike lanes will be improved by the creation of a buffer space between traffic and bike lane.
The pavement and bridge management program uses a biennial survey of the city roadways to determine the areas that are of highest priority to receive maintenance. Residents along streets that will be repaved will receive notice along the street and by their front doors when work is planned.
A full list of pavement projects in 2019 is available on the pavement and bridge management program page online at transportation.bellevuewa.gov.