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Bellevue Beat | New Bellevue Streets Need Names

Bellevue residents, here's your chance to suggest names for five new Bellevue streets.

Bellevue will build the streets, to include a grand boulevard, in the Bel-Red area (dubbed Spring District) as it is transformed from a light industrial district to a transit-oriented development featuring housing, shopping and commerce.

With East Link light rail stations as anchors, Spring District by 2030 is expected to have vibrant walkable neighborhoods, comprehensive, connected parks and open spaces, reclaimed and enhanced streams and an arts district. 

Breaking from its practice of numbered streets, the city will consider all suggestions for street names. The names may be based on the area's industrial past or recall its natural, agricultural and ethnic heritage. Suggested names may also refer to neighborhood landmarks and events, as well as something about the area's future.

The streets to be named are: [Click to see image of new streets]

  • Northeast 15th/16th Street: This street will be a lynchpin and key east-west corridor for Bel-Red, serving cars, pedestrians and cyclists and incorporating a series of environmentally sensitive urban open spaces.
  • Two segments each of Northeast 14th and 18th streets: These streets will be "green streets," generally located between stream corridors and trail connections, with an abundance of trees and landscaping to limit stormwater runoff.

Bellevue residents may submit new Bellevue street names online until 3pm, November 30. The Transportation Commission will choose names and forward them to the Bellevue City Council for its approval in late 2012 or early 2013.

Published: October 17, 2012
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