**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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**Please note this traffic diversion will begin Monday, October 23rd through the end of the school year. Please adjust your commute time to ensure your student(s) arrives to school safely and on time. 

The City of Bellevue declared an emergency in January 2023 to address public life safety and environmental hazards caused by a failed culvert where Lakemont Boulevard crosses Coal Creek.

As part of the emergency, the City has commenced an emergency project where a bridge will be built to secure the stability of Lakemont Boulevard at the location of the culvert. The culvert conveying Coal Creek under Lakemont Boulevard and the roadway embankment surrounding it can no longer ensure adequate flood protection or road stability due to erosion and aging infrastructure; therefore, the road is at risk of collapsing or flooding.

Lakemont Culvert
Lakemont Culvert at Coal Creek

Why is this project needed?

The corrugated metal pipe carrying Coal Creek is deteriorating. Additionally, storm events have exacerbated embankment settlement around the culvert, creating a road safety hazard from pavement deformation. A new bridge spanning the creek will provide greater structural stability to the roadway by placing its foundation outside of the influence of the culvert. A future phase of this project will restore the natural channel and improve fish passage and habitat in Coal Creek through the proposed bridge per guidance and requirements from Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Proposed Project

The project is implemented in two phases to address the emergency declaration quickly and efficiently.

Phase 1: Lakemont Boulevard will be replaced with a bridge over Coal Creek as an emergency project. A sidewalk will be constructed for bicycles and pedestrians. Secant piles are overlapping structural concrete columns, to create a continuous wall. The secant pile walls will provide the foundation for the bridge and also act as a retaining wall for the hillside next to Coal Creek. An emergency overflow channel will be excavated under the bridge and lined with rock to protect against erosion.

Phase 2: After Phase 1 is complete, planning will begin for channel restoration under the bridge following a typical project timeline.

Project Timeline

  • Design and permitting are expected to be completed by Sept. 2023.
  • Construction duration is expected Oct. 2023 – June 2024.
  • Full road closure expected to start late Oct. 2023.

*Note: Schedule is preliminary and subject to change

Potential Impacts

Traffic: During construction, traffic on Lakemont Boulevard SE and Newcastle Golf Club Road will be closed entirely while major construction activities are occurring. This traffic restriction will be in place 24 hours a day throughout the construction period. Flaggers will be onsite to minimize traffic delays.

Detour: Lakemont Boulevard SE / Newcastle Golf Club Road will be closed between Forest Drive SE to 155th Avenue SE. A detour will be directed along Forest Drive SE to Coal Creek Parkway SE, connecting to Newcastle Golf Club Road via Newcastle Way.

Lakemont Detour


Trail Access: There may be delays entering and exiting the Red Town Trailhead during peak construction activity. Access may also be restricted for short periods to allow for the safe delivery of equipment and material. Access to the Coal Creek Trail from Lakemont Boulevard may also be limited during construction.

Services: Garbage, mail, and emergency vehicles will have access right up to the construction site on both sides and then can follow the detour.

Construction: Construction work will occur Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Equipment and materials will be stored in designated areas.

Puget Sound Energy: Prior to the start of construction, Puget Sound Energy will be relocating their facilities out of the project site which may cause traffic delays.

The project team and the construction inspector will contact residents during construction to communicate potential impacts. Residents are also encouraged to contact the construction inspector with any concerns about the project.


Lakemont Culvert
Culvert under Lakemont Blvd SE

Community Outreach

The project team has prepared the following presentation to provide a detailed overview of the project, the two-phase solution, and the impact to the community. Also, a PDF of the presentation is available.

For additional questions and comments about this project, please contact:

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.