Several Redmond-area transportation projects got the nod from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) in the recent approval of its Regional Transportation Improvement Program.
According to the PSRC, federal funding for the following local projects was approved on Oct. 25:
- NE 124th Street Overlay Project, from Kirkland to Redmond in Unincorporated King County, $421,443
- East Link Light Rail Expansion (Sound Transit), $33,517,286
- 156th Avenue NE, Street Preservation Overlay, $538,032
- Overlake Village Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge, $1,606,585
- Redmond Way and Cleveland Street Improvements, $5,000,000
According to the City of Redmond, the $5 million for Redmond Way and Cleveland Street will complete the funding needed to change both roadways to two-way streets as well as conduct improvements to signals, sidewalks, on-street parking, street lighting, utilities and landscaping on Cleveland, which will become the slower-paced "main street" of downtown. Design work is underway, and construction is expected to begin in 2015.
The money for the bicycle-pedestrian bridge project will be used in the design phase, set to begin in 2013. Federal funding for the 156th Avenue Northeast overlay will cover about 50 percent of the project costs, with the remainder coming from the city's Pavement Management Program. Work is expected to take place in 2014.
The money for East Link will be used in the segment running from Seattle to Overlake in Redmond. Funding to extend the line to downtown Redmond has not yet been approved.
To see a map of regional Transportation Improvement Program projects, click here.