Published April 17 2023
The city’s annual repaving program officially kicks off this month with projects throughout the city. To get a head start on the paving season, crews began some work in March.
The program has three components: pavement overlay, pavement sealing and curb ramp upgrades. Pavement overlay involves milling the top layer of asphalt pavement and repaving to help rehabilitate the roadway surface to get the most mileage from existing asphalt. Pavement sealing provides a new wearing surface that protects against the deteriorating effects of rain and sun, extending the life of the pavement.
Curb ramp upgrades ensure both Americans with Disabilities Act requirements as well as the city’s accessibility guidelines for safe sidewalks are met.
Program highlights for 2023:
- Repaving approximately 31.5 lane miles
- City contractors will focus on repaving some arterial and residential streets in downtown, Eastgate, West Lake Sammamish and Lake Hills, with attention to Main Street between 140th and 156th avenues Northeast
- Replacing over 80 curb ramps to improve accessibility for people who walk and roll
- Repaving several bridge surfaces
Repaving work in most neighborhoods takes about one week and involves some inconvenience to residents. Staff will hand-deliver flyers or door hangers to residents impacted by paving activities. The city appreciates your patience as crews work to make streets smoother and safer.
The Pavement Preservation Program is in its 37th year. As part of this program, the city surveys more than 1,100 lane miles of roadway every two years and assesses pavement conditions to prioritize which streets need repaving.
The program has a budget of $7.9 million for 2023, which also includes bridge inspections and maintenance.
This year’s program has projects throughout Bellevue. A map and listing of all locations and weekly updates can be found at Pavement Preservation.