Bellevue Library Parking Lot Construction Begins Dec. 22

Parking limited for 50 spaces at Ashwood Park next door to the library for the expected year-long construction.

The long-awaited construction of the three-level parking lot at the downtown Bellevue library will begin Thursday, according to the King County Library System

During the year-long construction period, the library, which gets about 68,000 visitors a month, will have about 50 spots available with a three-hour time limit.

However, library officials have said.

The new $11.3 million structure will be built over the current parking lot, and will be paid for through the $172 million capital bond that voters approved in September 2004. The bond helped pay for projects including the and  remodels, which were completed within the past few years.

Library parking alternatives

Library officials have been encouraging the use of alternative ways to get to the library, or using another branch in Bellevue.

In order to maximize access for all patrons, the three-hour time limit is enforced and overtime parkers may be ticketed, the King County Library System warned in a press release.

Nearby alternative libraries are:

The downtown Bellevue library is also served by the following bus routes: Sound Transit route 550, and by King County Metro routes 233, 234 and 239, according to King County Metro.

Pay parking lots are also an option, but the library will not validate or reimburse motorists, the King County Library System said in the release.

During the construction, library programs will be held off site and meeting rooms will not be available for use, according to the King County Library System.

Information and referral services will still be available via phone, email or through KCLS’ Text-a-Librarian or Live Chat Reference Services. Call425.450.1765 for details. For additional project information, and details on how to take the bus, walk and bike to the library, visit www.kcls.org/bond/bellevue/. 


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