Kelsey Creek Culvert Replacement

Project Update: NE 8th Street closure extended to Oct. 4

All lanes of Northeast Eighth Street between 132nd and 134th avenues will be closed until Thursday, Oct. 4, so Bellevue Utilities can replace the Kelsey Creek culvert under the street. The road was planned to be opened by Sept. 16. However, a 17-day work stoppage due to a heavy equipment operators strike called on August 21 significantly impacted the construction schedule. The City of Bellevue asks for your patience with the extended construction timeline.

Details the travelling public should know, include:

  • No through traffic will be possible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the closure. Detour routes will be available.        
  • King County Metro bus stops in the work zone will be temporarily closed.

During the full closure, crews will work from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in order to complete the work as quickly as possible. The detour route map shows how drivers can get around the work zone.

Kelsey Creek Culvert Replacement Construction Detour Map
Current Kelsey Creek culvert to be replaced

Project Description

Carrying over 23,000 vehicles a day, Northeast Eighth Street is an important route for Bellevue and regional commuters, and it provides a corridor for several utilities. Ensuring it is a safe and reliable transportation route is a priority for the City of Bellevue.

The City of Bellevue has prepared the design of a new culvert for Kelsey Creek at Northeast Eighth Street. Replacement of the culvert will ensure the long-term safety of the roadway and improve fish passage.

Project Design

The city studied various options to replace the culvert and selected a pre-cast box culvert because it:

  • Is large enough to handle peak flows
  • Is relatively easy to construct
  • Can be built in phases
  • Requires a shorter construction period than other designs
  • Enables habitat and fish passage improvement

Staying Informed During Construction

A variety of methods will be used to inform the public prior to and during construction. These include:

  • Electronic message boards near the work zone
  • Project signage
  • Website updates
  • Social media updates
  • Traffic advisory updates


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James NicollsProject Manager



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