Q: Is there any way King County could add a turn lane along Avondale Road Northeast where it crosses Northeast 133rd Street near Woodinville...

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Q: Is there any way King County could add a turn lane along Avondale Road Northeast where it crosses Northeast 133rd Street near Woodinville? Northbound Avondale narrows there from four lanes to two and trucks barrel down the road in both directions. It is very dangerous for drivers attempting to turn west onto 133rd.

A: The distance between Northeast 132nd and Northeast 133rd streets along Avondale Road is too short to fit a full-size northbound left-turn lane, according to Matt Nolan, the county’s traffic engineer. Thankfully, the county says the location is not the scene of many accidents.

Left turns remain legal, but drivers who feel unsafe should heed their intuition and find a safer route or travel during less congested times.

The county also recommends that drivers signal and begin braking well in advance so vehicles behind them can prepare to slow down.

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Q: Heading east on the Lake Hills Connector in Bellevue, a short way before 140th Avenue Southeast, there has been a wet area on the road even when it has not been raining. Last winter, this area often had a lane closed off because of possible icy conditions. Is anything planned to correct the apparent drainage problem before the cold weather?

A: In a word, yes. Bellevue transportation workers are analyzing the situation and say they plan to have a fix completed by the end of October.

Crossroads In Motion

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About 3,500 households in Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood soon will get an invitation in the mail to join a 10-week program that encourages them to try walking, bicycling, taking the bus, carpooling and other healthier ways of getting around.

King County Metro, Bellevue and Hopelink, an Eastside nonprofit group, are sponsoring the “In Motion” program, which will show participants the ropes and give them free bus tickets for their pledge to drive less.

The program includes new bus-stop signage and a multilingual team that will help non-English speakers plan their trips.

For more information, visit www.metrokc.gov/inmotion/crossroads or call Sunny Knott at 206-263-6397.

Early warning

Redmond: The York Bridge on Northeast 116th Street near the 60 Acres Soccer Park will be closed through November 2006 while the span is rebuilt. Detour via 154th Place Southeast, Northeast 124th Street and Willows Road.

Duvall: Kelly Road Northeast just east of the intersection with Big Rock Road will remain closed through October while the Harris Creek Bridge is replaced. Detour via 322nd Avenue Northeast, Northeast 139th Street, Odell Road and Big Rock Road.

Snoqualmie: The Meadowbrook Bridge on Meadowbrook Way near Snoqualmie will be closed for construction through October. Suggested detours are Highway 202 or Reinig Road/428th Avenue Southeast.

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