Q: I love the speed-check signs in Bellevue on West Lake Sammamish Parkway and on Northeast 24th Street. How do I get one in my area? There's a spot on...
Q: I love the speed-check signs in Bellevue on West Lake Sammamish Parkway and on Northeast 24th Street. How do I get one in my area? There’s a spot on Bellevue-Redmond Road, between Northeast 140th and 148th streets, where drivers speed up.
A: Bellevue has been using these electronic signs to calm neighborhood traffic for about five years now. It has 20 scattered throughout town and two more about to be installed, said Ray Godinez, the city’s neighborhood-services project manager.
When placed in the right spot, the signs have proved effective at reducing speeds, Godinez said. Bellevue’s criteria for the right spot include good visibility and a nearby electrical supply to keep costs down. Call Godinez at 425-452-7915 to find out if your stretch of road is eligible.
“We like a nice, flat road or a gradual slope,” Godinez said. “What’s nice about the signs versus speed humps is that they don’t affect emergency response, because they don’t have to go over the humps.”
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Lake Hills Connector Update
A few weeks ago, some of you asked when Bellevue would fix a spot heading east along the Lake Hills Connector a short way before 140th Avenue Southeast where the road remains wet no matter the weather, and turns icy in the winter.
Turns out the dampness comes from seeping groundwater that travels down the slope and onto the road year-round, said Barbara Ramey, a city spokeswoman. Bellevue tried to address the problem a few years back with French drains, but they clogged. The problem came back, however, even after the drains were cleared.
Got an Eastside traffic question? Send it to us by e-mail, email@example.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.
This time, the city will install an underdrain to pipe groundwater to existing pipes, a project it will start in coming weeks.
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Got an Eastside traffic question? Send it to The Seattle Times Eastside News Bureau, 1200 112th Ave. N.E., Suite C-145, Bellevue, WA 98004. Fax: 425-453-0449. E-mail: email@example.com