Redmond Transportation Projects Set to Receive Millions in Federal Funding

The approved work includes a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge in Overlake, improvements to 156th Avenue Northeast, and the couplet conversion of Redmond Way and Cleveland Street.

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.

dorimonsonfan November 02, 2012 at 02:54 AM
no one uses light rail. why are we blowing $33,517,286.00 on a mr. rodgers trolley that travels through the land of make believe? lady elaine must be proud.
Margaret Rockenbeck November 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
We can hardly use it if we don't have it! My family certainly uses the new light rail from Seattle down to the airport, and we see many others using it too. I would certainly use light rail if it went from Redmond to Seattle.
dorimonsonfan November 02, 2012 at 06:06 PM
there is no light rail in the u.s. that is not heavily subsidised by the government. few in this area are riding the light rail we have now. the noise is a constant source of irritation for those who can no longer sell their property. to get to the rail you still have to drive or take a bus or a cab. if you drive you have to go to a station you have to leave your car in the cold and the rain, while hauling the kids or the business papers and whatever else you carry, wait for the train, board, sit with gangsters and urine smell. then when you get to your destination, like sea tac you have to walk in the rain and cold hauling all your stuff, assuming it didn't get mugged from you. and all of that took twice as long as driving there in a warm/cool dry and comfortable car with your carry ons in the trunk or back seat. you are safe and so are the kids. do you really want light rail in your back yard? the sound carries for blocks, good bye to your nice quiet neighborhood and your equity if you are in the vicinity. do you want tracks blocking your roads with trains crashing into cars? do you want the inconvenience of actually using this cluster? it will never be paid for, always require subsidies, is not able to adapt with the community as it grows as bus routes can. it would make more sense to buy a huge fleet of public priuses and leave them along these routes for anybody to use freely.
AC November 03, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Am I the only one stunned and ashamed that we accept $41 million in federal funds for road projects that are not neccessary? This area is one of the most affluent in the country. Those projects could easily wait several years.... and we have a massive deficit. While blaming our government for poor stewardship of our taxes, perhaps we should look at ourselves and our ridiculous demands and expectations for unnecessary services. Redmond brags about their budget surplus, yet begs for more money. I don't understand. There are so many desperate unmet needs in our country. What if the $5 million to convert Cleveland St. was used instead for housing homeless vets? or improving health care? or not increasing our National Debt?
dorimonsonfan November 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
great point ac. all the traffic circles popping up are confusing, costly, and plain wasteful. i garuntee they will case more wrecks than they will prevent


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