Bellevue Connector Feasibility Study
DMD team members, working as VIA- A Perkins Eastman Studio, were engaged by Amazon Development Group to conduct a feasibility assessment for a major new pedestrian and bicycle connection spanning Interstate-405 in Bellevue, WA. This connector would serve as a critical last half-mile connection between a new north-south bicycle rail to trail corridor that links six suburban cities to Bellevue’s dense, urban business core. This project concept would complete the City of Bellevue’s vision for a ‘Grand Connection’ from the waterfront through downtown and to the larger regional bicycle network.
This path would also serve as a catalyst project, connecting not only to active mobility facilities but also a planned up-zone district currently separated from the primary business core by the freeway.
DMD team members led the concept design of the connector which acts as an active transportation spine to what is envisioned as a new cultural district. The bridge would be at the confluence of regional bike and pedestrian trails on one end, and Bellevue’s City Hall, downtown, and new light rail station on the other end. Navigating complex layers of public and private stakeholder approvals and funding, the design team balanced agency and municipal inputs, proposing an iconic urban gateway for the City of Bellevue.
Project – Bellevue Connector Feasibility Study
Client – Amazon Development Group
Location – Bellevue, Washington
Size – 2300+ Linear ft