Track planned Newport Way upgrades at city Web site
February 22, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2010
City planners unveiled a Web site last week for residents to track proposed improvements to Newport Way Northwest near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.
The site includes information about options for the corridor and diagrams showing options.
Planners hope to upgrade the road from West Sunset Way to Northwest Maple Street to improve safety, traffic flow, storm water management and aesthetics. The city plans to continue design work until next winter, but a construction timeline remains unclear, because city officials have yet to determine how the project would be funded.
About 50 people attended a city open house Feb. 3 to discuss options for the road. At a November open house, city planners presented two possible options for Newport Way Northwest improvements. Comments from the November open house were then used to revise the original options.
The options include a three-lane configuration with intersections outfitted with traffic signals, or a two-lane option with roundabout intersections.
Newport Way Northwest includes a single lane of traffic in each direction, bordered by narrow shoulders and asphalt walking paths. Planners expect congestion to increase due to traffic entering and exiting from driveways and side streets, because many motorists treat the corridor as a major roadway.