Q: The number of renters in the four-bedroom house across the street from my Bellevue home has increased dramatically, and so has the number...

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Q: The number of renters in the four-bedroom house across the street from my Bellevue home has increased dramatically, and so has the number of cars they park on the street. Now, there are three cars in the driveway and four on the residential street, where other neighbors also park. Each day, a school bus must navigate our street between all the parked cars. We have a tough time backing up our car safely.

Does the city restrict the number of cars that can be regularly parked on a residential street per dwelling? If these cars are parking on streets used by school buses, are there safety rules involved? And what is the maximum distance a car parked on the street must leave between its bumper and my driveway?

A: Bellevue has no limit to the number of vehicles a household may own. However, state law prohibits vehicles from parking within 5 feet of a driveway, and vehicles must be moved every 24 hours, said Ray Godinez, the city’s neighborhood-services project manager.

These restrictions are enforced on a complaint basis, and the city encourages residents to contact traffic police at 425-452-6940 to request enforcement.

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Bellevue encourages on-street parking in residential neighborhoods because it narrows the roadway and slows most drivers, Godinez said.

However, if the transportation staff determines there’s a safety issue, the city can restrict parking. Residents also may request their street be closed to parking if the majority of households support such a restriction. Call Rebecca Rodni at 425-452-6160 for more information.

Sahalee Surprise

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Got an Eastside traffic question? Send it to us by e-mail, east@seattletimes.com; by fax, 425-453-0449; by mail, The Seattle Times Eastside News Bureau, 1200 112th Ave. N.E., Suite C-145, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Happy Friday to those of you who use eastbound Highway 202 to reach the Sammamish Plateau. The state Department of Transportation plans to open a new 500-foot right-turn lane at Sahalee Way in time for this evening’s commute.

The longer turn lane should handle 30 to 40 cars at a time, compared with three or four now, and should improve stop-and-go conditions at the intersection, said DOT spokeswoman Melanie Coon.

The turn lane is one element of a Highway 202 road-widening project that will stretch from Sahalee Way to Highway 520 in Redmond. Visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR202/SR520_Sahalee/ for more information.

Lighting up Redmond

Redmond installed its 89th traffic light on Halloween, at Northeast 83rd Street and 161 Avenue Northeast. The new signal is part of a city project to improve pedestrian safety in the area and improve downtown traffic flow.

Early warning

Bellevue: Expect periodic northbound lane closures and delays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for construction along Bellevue Way at the South Bellevue Park and Ride. For additional Bellevue traffic info, visit www.cityofbellevue.org/transportation

Kirkland: All lanes of Northeast 132nd Street under Interstate 405 are closed Monday through Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for freeway-widening work through late November. Check www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I405/TotemLake for the latest construction information.

Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618 or kgaudette@seattletimes.com