Southeast 43rd Way roundabout opens, will be completed next month
November 19, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2009
The soon-to-be-completed roundabout at Southeast 43rd Way and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is now open, but drivers can still expect delays during peak commute times.
Workers completed initial paving on the roundabout project Tuesday and the roundabout opened Wednesday. City officials said the initial paving had to occur before the northbound and westbound directions could be opened to two lanes during peak times.
Until final paving is completed and permanent markings are added during the next several weeks, temporary lane markings and traffic cones will be used.
Drivers should expect lane closures as workers complete the divider islands, and complete landscape, irrigation and illumination work. The project will be completed in December.
The project was planned for construction in mid- to late-summer, but unforeseen utility work extended the construction schedule by almost two months. Weather has also delayed some construction activity.
Weather delays created gaps in the construction schedule. Crews worked under a condensed schedule of four 10-hour days per week.
City officials also added frequently asked questions about the project to the city Web site. Find the FAQs here.