Roundabout opens, will be completed next month

November 24, 2009

By Staff

The soon-to-be-completed roundabout at Southeast 43rd Way and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast opened last week.Drivers should still expect delays during peak commute times.

Workers completed initial paving on the roundabout project Nov. 17 and the roundabout opened the next day.

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 in the next several weeks, temporary lane markings and traffic cones will be used.

Drivers should expect lane closures as workers complete divider islands, 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 update at Follow the link for “Roundabout: Traffic, Project Updates.”

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