Officials to discuss Newport Way upgrades at open house

January 26, 2010

By Staff

City officials want to know how nearly a mile of Newport Way Northwest near Issaquah Valley Elementary School should be improved. Bring ideas to a city open house at 6 p.m. Feb. 3.

The event will be held at the King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Officials hope to improve Newport Way Northwest from West Sunset Way to Northwest Maple Street. The city wants better safety, traffic flow, storm water management and aesthetics on the street.

At a November open house, city planners presented two possible options for Newport Way Northwest improvements.

The options include a three-lane configuration with intersections outfitted with traffic signals, or a two-lane option with roundabout intersections.

Comments from the open house were then used to revise the original options. The revised options will be presented Feb. 3, and city staff members will collect public input.

After the event, comments will be organized and presented to the Council Transportation Committee the next day. Eventually, the full City Council will select a plan, and design work will begin. Construction, however, will hinge on funding and grants.

Newport Way Northwest includes a single lane of traffic in each direction, bordered by narrow shoulders and asphalt walking paths. More vehicles use the street as a major roadway; congestion is expected to increase due to traffic entering and exiting from driveways and side streets.

The proposed project would also improve connections for walkers, and add bicycle lanes. New storm water facilities — such as storm water vaults, low-impact drainage facilities or storm water ponds — would also be added.

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