The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce offers an easy way to find alternate routes into Newcastle during Coal Creek Parkway Construction with our Newcastle Alternate Routes Map.
Details from City of Bellevue: Construction of a new bridge on Coal Creek Parkway between Forest Drive Southeast and Southeast 60th Street will begin Wednesday. While one lane will be closed initially, two will be shut down by the end of the week, leaving just one lane open in each direction around the clock through November.
Traffic delays and congestion are expected, especially during morning and evening commutes, and drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.
One lane in each direction will be closed again during the second phase of the project, 24 hours a day, from mid-April through September 2014. Relocation of complex utilities, such as fiber optic cables, a natural gas main and high-pressure fuel pipe lines, requires the project to be done in two phases.
The existing 45-year-old Coal Creek culvert is deteriorating and needs to be replaced to keep the street safe for commuters that use this route each day. The project also includes construction of a pedestrian pathway that will run underneath the bridge and connect the Coal Creek trail, giving pedestrians and hikers a safe way to cross the parkway; and creek restoration to improve salmon migration.
More details on Coal Creek Parkway Construction.