Transforming the Vision into Reality: City Initiatives
In 2007 the City completed a major update to the Overlake Neighborhood Plan
, and also adopted the Overlake Master Plan and Implementation Strategy
. That plan calls for a number of public investments in Overlake over the course of several years in order to support current and future redevelopment efforts. This page highlights those public investments.
Jump to: Overlake Access Ramp
| Overlake Village Street Design Guidelines
| Stormwater/Park Conceptual Design
| South Detention Vault
| LID Retrofit
| NE 36th Street Bridge
When completed, the Overlake Access Ramp will provide critical direct vehicle access from eastbound SR 520 to the heart of Overlake Village. Currently, vehicles must use southbound 148th Avenue NE and make a series of left turns to access Overlake Village. This is time consuming and creates significant congestion in Overlake. The access ramp frees-up capacity on congested arterials and provides a more direct route for those heading to Overlake Village. If funding is available, the ramp will be completed by 2015.
Great streetscapes start with great streets. The Overlake Village Street Design Guidelines ensure that streets in Overlake Village support the vision for Overlake Village as a great people place. That means sidewalks wide enough to accommodate outdoor café seating, cycletracks to encourage more people to ride, and a consistent design theme to reinforce the Village’s sense of place.
Redmond is investing in large underground regional stormwater facilities to help restore stream system health and functionality, and to meet federal permit requirements. Because land is at a premium in Overlake Village, these underground facilities will double as parks and plazas on the surface. Also, because the City is investing in regional facilities, individual property owners do not need to construct their own detention facilities, reducing property impacts and cost to property owners. View these facilities on a map
The South Detention Vault will open in 2015; the Station Plaza is likely to open when light rail service begins in 2023; the North Infiltration Vault is likely to open sometime before 2030.
As noted above, the South Detention Vault is the first of three large underground stormwater facilities to be constructed in Overlake Village. Like the other vaults, this vault supports the redevelopment of Overlake Village. Construction begins in 2013 and will be complete in 2015.
The LID Retrofit project will convert existing underutilized and unused pavement space into areas that can accommodate stormwater and improve water quality. The project also will enhance streetscapes, making them attractive and enjoyable for pedestrian use. These retrofits will take place on portions of NE 21st Street, 151st Avenue NE, and 152nd Avenue NE, as shown on this map
Construction will occur in 2012.
In 2010 the City opened a critical new street connection in Overlake: the NE 36th Street Bridge. The bridge connects the east and west sides of SR 520, providing an additional connection between 148th and 156th Avenues NE and helping to alleviate congestion experienced at the 148th Ave. NE and NE 40th St. crossings.
This new connection is critical given the expected growth of Overlake over the next 20 years. The new bridge includes pedestrian and bicycle amenities and access to the SR 520 trail.