Officials eye Issaquah-Fall City Road section for landmark status

May 22, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — Noon May 22, 2009

A section of Issaquah-Fall City Road has been identified by King County for unique historic and scenic qualities, transportation officials announced last week.

After more than a year of on-the-road and in-the-archives research, Issaquah-Fall City Road and eight other road corridors in unincorporated King County were recognized.

King County Roads Services Division officials are nominating eight of those corridors to become community landmark Heritage Corridors.

“We want to document the history of our King County roads to preserve important pieces of our transportation heritage,” Linda Dougherty, director of the division, said in a news release. “This grant-funded project has allowed the Road Services Division to document the story of more than 100 years of transportation system development in our region and identify the most significant remaining corridors in unincorporated King County.”

The section of Issaquah-Fall City Road that would receive the designation is between Duthie Hill on the Sammamish Plateau and Fall City.

King County Landmarks Commission members will decide the community landmark designation. 

“But other roads, primarily in areas that remain rural, still retain tangible scenic qualities and the flavor of an earlier time,” Ruth Harvey, manager for the corridors project, said in the release. “The project is giving us an opportunity to promote awareness of these routes through education, heritage tourism and future interpretative signage. It does not result in any new regulations or restrictions for property owners.”

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