Lane reductions begin on Coal Creek Parkway in Newcastle

September 11, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2013

Newcastle Elementary gives kids extra time to get to class

The city of Newcastle began work to repave a segment of Coal Creek Parkway in mid-August, but lane reductions relating to the project began Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 21, weather permitting.

Only one southbound lane and one northbound lane will remain open at all times between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city says to expect significant delays.

Newcastle Elementary School is giving kids extra time to get to class due to construction. Students have until 9:25 a.m. to be in their seats without receiving a tardy citation. School starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 10-minute cushion for late arrivals will be in effect until Sept. 20.

The city announced in October 2012 that a portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way was showing signs of “premature failure,” and needed repairs.

A grant from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board will fund roughly half of the street’s repairs.

The city encourages residents to drive carefully through the construction zone and use alternate routes, if possible. While the lane closures are scheduled to end Sept. 21, the paving project itself will be complete Oct. 4.

This lane reduction is in addition to a 24-hour lane closure in Bellevue on Coal Creek Parkway. The city of Bellevue has closed one lane in each direction between Forest Drive and SE 60th Street due to a bridge construction project.

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