Dowtown Redmond
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Downtown Couplet Conversion

Location:Redmond Way and Cleveland St from 160th Ave NE to Avondale Way
Project Phase:In Preliminary Design
Estimated Timeline:Preliminary Design 2012-2013
Graphic above represents a concept of a two-way Cleveland St.

OVERVIEW

As part of Redmond’s vision for a more walkable urban downtown, Redmond Way and Cleveland St will be converted to two-way operations, consistent with the City’s Guiding Principles for the Downtown East/West Corridor. The Couplet Conversion project will make downtown easier to navigate and more connected whether you are driving, walking, biking or taking transit, making Downtown a more attractive destination and community gathering place.

The ultimate design for Redmond Way and Cleveland St will feature two-way travel lanes from 160th Ave NE to Avondale Way with street parking on both sides. Redmond Way will be designed to carry the majority of vehicular traffic as the main arterial for the downtown area and will have a center turn lane, while Cleveland St will be designated as Redmond’s “signature” main street.

The planning and design for the Couplet Conversion have begun and construction is anticipated to start in 2015. This project includes work at eleven intersections in downtown. The remainder of the improvements between intersections will be constructed as redevelopment occurs.

The City sequentially constructed new downtown roadway connections over the past several years as part of the staged implementation of the Downtown East/West Corridor Study (DEWCS). These include Bear Creek Parkway, 161st Ave NE, and 164th Ave NE. The Cleveland Streetscape project is the next step. The Couple Conversion project is the final phase, reinforcing downtown Redmond as an economically healthy, people-friendly place, enhanced by the movement of pedestrians, bikes, cars, and a diversity of businesses.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Circulation: Streets should provide connectivity and circulation for all
    modes while maintaining a level of traffic flow consistent with an
    urban downtown
  • Parking: Parking should be available for businesses, residents, visitors,
    and local deliveries and should support the pedestrian environment and the viability of transit
  • Travel Choices: Facilities and services should be designed to support
    the goal of having transit, walking, bicycling, and carpooling comprise a
    significant share of the trips to and from Downtown
  • Parks and Open Spaces: Streetscape, parks and open space should
    create a sense of place, be linked and serve a variety of purposes
  • Land Use: Streets should accommodate and encourage the future land
    use vision
  • Great Streets: Downtown streets should contribute to and reinforce
    this area as a destination and the heart of Downtown by
    creating economically vibrant and pedestrian supportive streets
  • Cleveland Street: Cleveland Street should be a traditional "Main
    Street" promenade
  • Railroad Right-of-Way: Any design should take full advantage
    of this asset, including high capacity transit, non motorized trail and other
    opportunities