A review of preliminary environmental findings for this project
Join us on Thursday, February 17, from 4-7p.m. to review environmental findings and talk with WSDOT project planners and engineers about the Bellevue to Lynnwood Improvement Project. WSDOT will host the event at Kirkland City Hall in the Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033.
As a part of the Bellevue to Lynnwood Improvement Project WSDOT will:
- Add a northbound lane between NE 124th St and SR 522;
- Construct northbound braided ramps between the NE 160th St on-ramp and the SR 522 off-ramp;
- Add two southbound transit shoulders;
- Consider two operational alternatives. One operates roadway improvements as an express toll lanes system. The other operates as carpool and general purpose lane system.
Express toll lanes give solo drivers the option to use carpool lanes by paying an electronic toll to avoid congestion. Similar to the SR 167 high-occupancy-toll (HOT) lanes between Auburn and Renton, express toll lanes help reduce overall congestion while generating revenue for future corridor improvements. Toll rates automatically adjust to ensure traffic in the toll lane is free-flowing even when the general purpose lanes are congested. This system of express toll lanes is part of the state’s congestion relief program Moving Washington, which works to operate our highways more efficiently and better manage traffic demand.
The Bellevue to Lynnwood project builds upon the Kirkland Nickel Stage 1 project. Construction is expected to begin in early 2012. For more information on this I-405 project, please visit the website (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i405/ne6thtoi5/ )