Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bellevue Expands Bike Lanes

Contracts awarded for Bellevue bike lane projects
The council awarded a contract to install the first bike lanes that run the length of downtown. Apcon Tech Inc. won the contract for $365,933, plus taxes. The demonstration bikeway project on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Main Street to Northeast 12th Street, will include bike lanes in each direction.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June and wrap up in July, about two months later than originally anticipated. Staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this project over a one-year period and report the results back to the Transportation Commission and council. In a related action, the council awarded a separate contract in the amount of $294,487, plus tax, to NPM Construction Co. for bicycle improvements on five corridors citywide.

The downtown bikeway project is fully funded by the voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy. Like other levy-funded bicycle projects, it’s moving from planning to design to construction in one year. The citywide bicycle improvement project is 90 percent funded through the levy. In 2018, the city aims to open 19 miles of new bike lanes.