In 2002, the Downtown Transportation Master Plan
(DTMP) was established. As part of that process, it was agreed that the one-way couplet should be converted back to two-way operation. This decision was based on the consideration that two-way streets would make the downtown more destination-oriented and easier to navigate.
In addition to reconverting the couplet, a 5-lane Bear Creek Parkway was under consideration to divert many of what were assumed to be "pass-through" trips off of Redmond Way and Cleveland Street. In this plan, Redmond Way would continue to carry significant vehicle volumes, but also be pedestrian-supportive. Cleveland Street would be designed to become downtown Redmond's traditional "Main Street."
Following the DTMP, Redmond began developing a Citywide Transportation Master Plan
(TMP). As part of that process, a license plate matching study was done to determine the actual percentage of pass-through trips in the area. Results of the study found that only 37% of the trips in the downtown during PM peak are pass-through, which was much lower than the 50% that was previously assumed.
Based in part on this data, a 5-lane Bear Creek Parkway no longer seemed necessary and the cross-section was revisited and reduced to one through lane in each direction with turn lanes. With a major emphasis of the TMP to provide better connections in the downtown grid, extensions of 161 Avenue NE and 159 Avenue NE were added to existing proposed connections of 160 Avenue NE, Bear Creek Parkway, 164 Avenue NE and 168 Avenue NE. These connections are intended to do many of the same things as the couplet conversion by making downtown trips more direct and intuitive.
Cleveland Street and Redmond Way were converted to a one-way couplet in April 1986. The intent of the change was to reduce congestion on Redmond Way by including Cleveland Street into the main traffic system.