Road maps are rustling open. Gas pumps are gurgling. The musty smell is nearly gone from the air conditioner. Summer's pretty much here...

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Road maps are rustling open. Gas pumps are gurgling. The musty smell is nearly gone from the air conditioner.

Summer’s pretty much here, and that means it’s time to pack your cooler with extra pop — and patience — as you cruise the hot asphalt. No matter where you live or work on the Eastside, somebody soon will be paving, hammering or digging on a road near you. As promised, here’s a summer construction cheat sheet for some of the bigger projects.


Expect lane closures June 6 to Nov. 1 along Southeast 16th Street from 145th Place Southeast to 148th Avenue Southeast as crews relocate a natural-gas line and the city improves the road and sidewalks.

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To the west, a stretch of Kamber Road between Richards Road and 137th Avenue Southeast will close in early June and again from mid-June to Sept. 15 so crews can replace culverts and make improvements.

To the south, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) and Sound Transit are building new freeway ramps to connect Interstate 90’s diamond lanes to the 142nd Place Southeast bridge, to help buses avoid merging through oodles of traffic to exit.

And there appears to be plenty of paving downtown. Visit to learn when — and for more information on neighborhood projects.

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The state DOT is in the throes of widening nearly three miles of Highway 202 between Highway 520 and Sahalee Way, so expect delays. Meanwhile, King County is replacing York Bridge on Northeast 116th Street over the Sammamish River near Sixty Acres Park. Staging begins June 6, and road closure and construction start July 13. Detour via Northeast 124th Street or Willows Road.


The DOT and Sound Transit are building a new Interstate 405 overpass to connect Northeast 128th Street near Totem Lake to provide a quicker link for buses and car pools to the diamond lanes below and another way to bridge the freeway.


Expect weekday lane closures through August on East Lake Sammamish Parkway near Southeast 56th Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and occasionally at night, as crews install a new sewer line. Work will continue along the parkway to Southeast 43rd Way. Then crews will begin work on Southeast 56th Street and Northwest Sammamish Road. The entire project should be complete by year’s end.


Sound Transit is building a new flyer bus stop on the eastbound Highway 522 offramp at Highway 202 and new transit-only lanes along both 522 offramps to allow buses to exit and enter the highway without traveling through local arterials.


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


King County will replace Harris Creek Bridge on Kelly Road Northeast. The span is east of Kelly Road Northeast’s intersection with Big Rock Road. That stretch of Kelly will be closed June 13 for four months, with detours via 322nd Avenue Northeast, Northeast 139th Street, Odell Road and Big Rock Road.

King County

King County will raise two portions of Northeast 124th Street east of Redmond an average of 14 inches to reduce road closures during flooding. The stretch of Northeast 124th Street between West Snoqualmie Valley Road and Highway 203 will remain open to traffic but reduced to one lane during non-commute times.

King County will make seismic improvements to the Raging River Bridge on the Preston-Fall City Road (Highway 203) between Fall City and Preston. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for six to eight weeks starting June 27.

• For more information on any of these projects, visit the following Web sites, or check your city’s site:

Washington State Department of Transportation:

King County transportation:

Sound Transit:

Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618 or

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