Kelsey Creek Culvert Replacement

Project Update: Construction Begins in June

Construction of the new culvert begins in June and will take about six months to complete. Construction will require significant work on Northeast Eighth Street between 132nd Avenue Northeast and 134th Ave Northeast, including:

  • June – November lane closures, resulting in a single lane of traffic in each direction. Expect delays.
  • A 12-day full closure with detour routes, beginning in early August.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the full closure in August, crews will work 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to get the work done as quickly as possible. The detour route map shows how drivers can get around the work zone during the full closure.

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.

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

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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