Bellevue mudslide causing headaches for neighbors

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A powerful mud slide during last month's historic storms will keep part of West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue closed for another six to nine weeks.

Neighbors in the area say prior to the slide, the road was like a mini-highway during the morning and afternoon commute, but it's now populated by workers removing debris.

Mark Crawford lives nearby and said the closure has been an inconvenience for his family.

"The roads are closed, no school bus, limited garbage," he said.

It's still unclear if the slide was caused by a water main break or if the break was caused by the slide, but the City of Bellevue says it will take the blame either way. The city has agreed to pony up the $500,000 to repair the line and the road.

The city will also pay to fix four houses that were damaged during the slide.

Neighbor Ricci Crinci has tried to stay positive about the closure and is using the now empty road to practice her skateboarding.

The repair project has been underway for weeks, but city officials say there's still a lot of work to do and it could be months before the road fully reopens.

That's not the news neighbors wanted to hear.

"Six to nine weeks?" said Crawford. "I mean, oh, that's amazing. I've seen bigger road projects done in less time."