East Sunset Way construction starts
June 10, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. June 10, 2010
Construction has started to widen the East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90.
State Department of Transportation crews will widen the street from Sixth Avenue Northeast to the interstate — about 1,000 feet of road.
Plans call for a wider roadway and a sidewalk to be added. Crews will also remove concrete barriers alongside the narrow lanes. The temporary support wall for the roadway will be replaced with a permanent support.
The project could cause dozens of lane closures. Though the DOT has permission to work after hours, crews must provide notice to the city and take steps to reduce noise. Lane closures should be limited to single lanes during off-peak hours. Pedestrian access near the interchange will remain available during construction.
In April, the transportation agency awarded a $1.3 million contract to a Bellevue contractor to complete the project. The state had budgeted $3.5 million for the project, but bids arrived far below estimates.
Crews completed most of the interchange in 2003, but left the East Sunset Way stretch undone in case the city decided to connect the road to the scuttled Southeast Bypass.