For the past year, we’ve been building the I-405 – NE 116th Street Interchange and Street Improvement Project. Once complete, the project will improve how drivers get to and from I-405 at NE 116th Street and reduce NE 116th Street backups during the morning and afternoon commutes.
As you may have noticed, the project is bringing short-term term pain to area drivers. Since April, a couple of highly-used turn lanes on NE 116th Street near 120th Avenue NE have been closed as crews work to completely rebuild the bridge over the railroad. The result has been periods of severe congestion in the area. We’ve heard from drivers who tell us they’re simply avoiding the area. The good news is that both turn lanes will re-open to traffic in the next few weeks. While there will still be construction in the area, travel times should return to near normal. We appreciate your patience as we finish this important phase of work.
When the project wraps up at the end of the year, we will have added:
- three lanes to sections of NE 116th Street,
- two bicycle lanes,
- newly planted native trees and plants,
- new sidewalks,
- a new water detention pond for better, greener water runoff, and
- improved area lighting for pedestrians.
Visit the project website for more information about key project elements and benefits.