As the Washington Legislature wrapped up a 60-day session, the passage of a new $16.9 billion transportation package marks what the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce calls a major legislative victory for lawmakers in ‘Eastside and the town of Bellevue.
The legislation, titled “Move Ahead WA,” calls for major investments in the state’s highways, ferries, public transit, bike paths and pedestrian corridors. In Bellevue specifically, this legislation guarantees nearly $500 million in funding for projects in the Bellevue area, including a $450 million investment for improvements to the Interstate 405 corridor.
Other Bellevue projects funded by “Move Ahead Wa” include:
Fast flash beacon on State St at 7th Avenue S: $150,000
Eastrail Multi-Use Corridor through Bellevue: $18 million
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail “Bellevue Gap”: $6.9 million
Sidewalk on the east side of 116th Avenue NE, from 73rd NE to north of 75th Place NE: $500,000
SR 520 & 148th Ave NE pedestrian/bicycle crossing: $8 million
“Bellevue will face unprecedented infrastructure challenges as the city continues to be a destination of choice for new residents and businesses. The funding secured by our Eastside legislators will further strengthen Bellevue as the economic engine of the region,” said Dave Hamilton, Chairman of the Bellevue Chamber Policy Council.
In a press release, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bellevue expressed their gratitude for the work of Senators Patty Kuderer, Lisa Wellman, as well as Representatives Vandana Slatter, Amy Walen, My-Linh Thai and Tana Senn, among others.
“Many projects funded by Move Ahead WA have been included in the joint City of Bellevue and Chamber transportation priorities for 2021 and 2022,” Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson said. “Allocating nearly $500 million to benefit our city will ensure Bellevue keeps pace with growth and continues to be a great place to raise a family or own a business for years to come.”