|New county road open in Novelty Hill area|
|Written by Valley View Staff|
|Monday, 08 July 2013 12:18|
195th Avenue NE to ease congestion, improve connections and safety
After two years of construction, King County Road Services has opened a new connection just south of Novelty Hill Road, a final segment expected to ease congestion, improve reliability and better link residential areas with the Redmond, Bellevue and Seattle economic centers.
Since December, drivers have traveled through new county roundabouts built on Novelty Hill and Union Hill roads. With the opening of this 800-foot-long segment, drivers now have a complete mile-long road between the two new roundabouts carrying north-south traffic to and from Redmond.
More than 20,000 cars travel Novelty Hill Road each day, heading to a major intersection at Avondale Road.
With the new 195th/196th Avenue Northeast connection, some cars instead will be able to travel south through the new county roundabouts to reach Redmond on a parallel road.
Besides reducing congestion, distributing trips on area roads also is expected to reduce rear-end collisions at the Avondale intersection, county engineers said.
The overall $17.6 million construction project was built by Scarsella Brothers, Inc., and includes roundabouts at Novelty Hill Road, Union Hill Road and improvements along Northeast 95th Street, 195th/196th Avenue Northeast.
The county’s project team worked closely with the City of Redmond, federal and state agencies and regulators during planning and construction of the project.
Details of improvements
More project information, including a vicinity map, is posted online.