Redmond's transportation policies guide development of the transportation system in support of the community's vision for the future. Redmond's plan addresses mobility by outlining needed street improvements and specific funding sources and by developing a range of transportation alternatives in addition to the single-occupant vehicle so that people have choices when deciding how to travel.
Issues in 2001
- Better connections for people and goods
- Develop multi-modal approach to transportation (carpool, vanpool, bicyclist, pedestrian, transit)
- Protect environment and community character
- Completed Bear Creek Parkway extension – improving connections in the Downtown and alleviating traffic on Redmond Way
- Completed NE 36th Street Bridge – connecting east and west Redmond across SR 520
- Expanded alternative transportation options for those who live or work in Redmond
- Improved bicycle lanes or sharrows along major arterials – creating more direct and safer routes for cyclists
- East Link (light rail between Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond Overlake and regional express bus service) approved by voters and Sound Transit Board
- Transportation Master Plan action plan contains 34 projects, of which 30 are complete with 3 in progress and I deferred
- Completed traffic signal monitoring system to help keep traffic flowing
In spring 2001, the NE 90th Street Bridge opened and provided another connection over the Sammamish River, thereby alleviating traffic on NE 85th Street. Over the years, the river in this area has also been enhanced to provide a more inviting habitat for returning salmon and other wildlife.
In spring 2011, the City celebrated the opening of another bridge to help alleviate congestion and improve traffic circulation and mobility. The NE 36th Street Bridge opened providing a key connection across SR 520 in Overlake and an additional connection between the two major north-south arterials through the area: 148th Ave. NE and 156th Ave. NE.
NE 90th Bridge Image Courtesy of BergerABAM.