Issaquah-Hobart Road study gets go-ahead
October 7, 2008
A study of ways to improve safety on the Issaquah-Hobart Road while streamlining traffic flow is now moving ahead, thanks to approval of funding Sept. 29 by the Metropolitan King County Council.
“I am pleased that we can finally get to work on studying the congestion and safety issues on the Issaquah-Hobart Road,” said Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn. “The road continues to get more congested, which is affecting our quality of life and the safety of our community.”
The study provides $50,000 for studying traffic and safety issues, and $250,000 for initial improvements. These improvements could be small projects, such as signal synchronization or intersection channelization that would significantly improve traffic flow. The study will look at the short- and long-range solutions for addressing traffic and safety issues in the corridor.
In June, the Issaquah City Council sent a letter to the King County Council expressing its support for safety improvements to Issaquah-Hobart Road. These include:
- Road widening for a center turn lane, but not expansion of regular travel lanes;
- An Intelligent Transportation System component, with traffic cameras, coordinated signals and reader boards;
- Improvements to state Route 18 to divert flow away from Issaquah-Hobart Road; and
- Intersection improvements at Cedar Grove Road and May Valley Road, and consideration of roundabouts for those intersections.
Mayor Ava Frisinger also has expressed support for safety and efficiency upgrades for the road, particularly where they would affect traffic in the city.
Dunn expects to meet with the county Roads Services Division staff soon to develop a scope of work for the study that should include public engagement. He said he hopes to have a firm outline by the end of the year.
The supplemental budget ordinance makes $300,000 available for use by the Roads Services Division in 2008.
Dunn and County Executive Ron Sims had previously agreed to the study, but the funds had been held up awaiting adoption of a supplemental budget that contained the funding