Grand Connection Crossing – Online Open House

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Aerial view of downtown Bellevue overlooking I-405

Help build on past community input and a recent design workshop to make the Grand Connection Crossing a great public space and destination for all Bellevue residents, visitors and regional commuters. This online open house is the first of three opportunities to share input that will inform the preliminary design of the Grand Connection Crossing.



About the Grand Connection Crossing

The Grand Connection program is 1.5 miles of interconnected public and pedestrian-focused spaces. It starts at Meydenbauer Bay Park and continues east through downtown Bellevue across I-405 to the Eastrail. It will be a place where people who live, work and play in Bellevue can walk, bike, roll, relax, gather, eat and shop. In addition to creating a great experience for people, the Grand Connection will enhance Bellevue’s livability, economic development and environmental sustainability.

The next element of the Grand Connection is the crossing over I-405—the Grand Connection Crossing, which will link downtown Bellevue to the Eastrail and Wilburton for people traveling without a car.

The Grand Connection Crossing will start at the City Hall Plaza and terminate at the Eastrail, ultimately tying downtown Bellevue into a 175-mile regional trail network that connects more than half a million Eastside residents. The Grand Connection Crossing will support the transformation of the Wilburton study area into Bellevue’s next urban mixed-use community, where improved amenities, greater livability, opportunities for healthy living and economic vitality will serve the needs of a diverse and growing population. This crossing will also be compatible with a future lid park over I-405, which is a long-range vision included in the city’s Grand Connection Framework Plan.

Click image to enlarge When complete, the crossing will enable people of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently access a network events, jobs and recreational opportunities beyond the downtown core, and will create a vibrant landmark with activated outdoor spaces that celebrate and serve the community.

What’s Happened So Far

Between 2021-2022, Amazon funded development of a concept plan and feasibility study for a possible crossing over I-405. In early December 2023, the city held a workshop to gather initial input from City of Bellevue staff; key partners such as Sound Transit, WSDOT and King County; Friends of Grand Connection and adjacent property owners. Participants were asked a series of questions to get their feedback on what this crossing needs to accomplish. For more details, a summary of the workshop, “Design Workshop Summary” is available using the link on the righthand toolbar.

Initial Design Workshop – Key Themes

Celebrate, honor and welcome Bellevue’s diversity

Invite and welcome people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities and encourage them to gather, recreate and linger

Increase accessibility to nearby retail and commercial areas

Create opportunities for public art, community events, festivals and performances

Ensure all users feel safe and comfortable using the crossing

Plan for future mobility needs (e.g., electric scooters)


What’s Happening Next

Please review the information provided here, take the survey, share your input on the ideas board and sign up for project updates. After this online open house is closed, the city will report back and share how your input is being considered and addressed in the design. Subscribe for project alerts on the right-hand side of this page to receive an update when the open house summary report is available.

The input received at this online open house will be used to inform development of project alternatives, which will be shared at an in-person open house in April/May 2024.

Help build on past community input and a recent design workshop to make the Grand Connection Crossing a great public space and destination for all Bellevue residents, visitors and regional commuters. This online open house is the first of three opportunities to share input that will inform the preliminary design of the Grand Connection Crossing.



About the Grand Connection Crossing

The Grand Connection program is 1.5 miles of interconnected public and pedestrian-focused spaces. It starts at Meydenbauer Bay Park and continues east through downtown Bellevue across I-405 to the Eastrail. It will be a place where people who live, work and play in Bellevue can walk, bike, roll, relax, gather, eat and shop. In addition to creating a great experience for people, the Grand Connection will enhance Bellevue’s livability, economic development and environmental sustainability.

The next element of the Grand Connection is the crossing over I-405—the Grand Connection Crossing, which will link downtown Bellevue to the Eastrail and Wilburton for people traveling without a car.

The Grand Connection Crossing will start at the City Hall Plaza and terminate at the Eastrail, ultimately tying downtown Bellevue into a 175-mile regional trail network that connects more than half a million Eastside residents. The Grand Connection Crossing will support the transformation of the Wilburton study area into Bellevue’s next urban mixed-use community, where improved amenities, greater livability, opportunities for healthy living and economic vitality will serve the needs of a diverse and growing population. This crossing will also be compatible with a future lid park over I-405, which is a long-range vision included in the city’s Grand Connection Framework Plan.

Click image to enlarge When complete, the crossing will enable people of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently access a network events, jobs and recreational opportunities beyond the downtown core, and will create a vibrant landmark with activated outdoor spaces that celebrate and serve the community.

What’s Happened So Far

Between 2021-2022, Amazon funded development of a concept plan and feasibility study for a possible crossing over I-405. In early December 2023, the city held a workshop to gather initial input from City of Bellevue staff; key partners such as Sound Transit, WSDOT and King County; Friends of Grand Connection and adjacent property owners. Participants were asked a series of questions to get their feedback on what this crossing needs to accomplish. For more details, a summary of the workshop, “Design Workshop Summary” is available using the link on the righthand toolbar.

Initial Design Workshop – Key Themes

Celebrate, honor and welcome Bellevue’s diversity

Invite and welcome people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities and encourage them to gather, recreate and linger

Increase accessibility to nearby retail and commercial areas

Create opportunities for public art, community events, festivals and performances

Ensure all users feel safe and comfortable using the crossing

Plan for future mobility needs (e.g., electric scooters)


What’s Happening Next

Please review the information provided here, take the survey, share your input on the ideas board and sign up for project updates. After this online open house is closed, the city will report back and share how your input is being considered and addressed in the design. Subscribe for project alerts on the right-hand side of this page to receive an update when the open house summary report is available.

The input received at this online open house will be used to inform development of project alternatives, which will be shared at an in-person open house in April/May 2024.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The city wants to hear how you envision using the crossing. This information will help shape the preliminary design. Please note there are many factors that will influence the final design in the coming years and not all ideas will be implemented.

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