I will not be able to attend the meeting when the 36th Street project will be discussed. If I were able to attend, there are two items I would like to have discussed.
1 - Including a bike lane on the new road would allow thousands of residents the pathway to get to the Twin Creek Shopping Center and, thus, to the Holubar Trail, West Papio Trail, and even the Keystone Trail. There would still remain the problem of crossing Hwy 370, but there is a stoplight there. Bikers and pedestrians can use a crosswalk safely. This is an ideal time and place to see if Bellevue is really serious about improving biking opportunties.
2 - The project is obviously hugely expensive and is motivated by increased traffic flow on the road. Unless appropriate traffic control is implemented at the Capehart intersection, much of the work and expense will be wasted. Thus I hope that a lot of planning goes into creating an efficient way of traffic control at that intersection. As a minimum there need to be left and right turning lanes and a stoplight system that is partially controlled by real-time sensors of traffic volume. A simple timed light system is not sufficient. Ideally, the intersection would be a roundabout that would insure continuous flow of traffic and no need whatsoever for traffic lights.