Newport Way upgrades, trail links on city transportation plan

April 27, 2010

By Staff

The long-term plan to upgrade Issaquah roads reaches the City Council next week.

Officials plan a public hearing on the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. The hearing presents residents and landowners with a chance to offer input on the sweeping document. The plan outlines transportation projects though 2016.

Some of the projects slated for completion will be familiar to longtime residents. They include the Interstate 90 Undercrossing and a pedestrian connector to link trails across the interstate and along state Route 900.

The plan also calls for about $213,000 to overhaul Newport Way Northwest from West Sunset Way to Maple Street Northwest. Officials hope to upgrade paths for bicyclists and pedestrians, and to add roundabouts to ease traffic congestion in the corridor.

The plan also includes the partnership between the city and the largest employer in Issaquah to upgrade road access near the Costco corporate headquarters and flagship store. The city and Costco agreed in March to split the $63,736 cost to study possible improvements.

Planners called for $211,472 to continue work on the plan next year, but action hinges on whether city officials and Costco executives agreed to pursue the proposal further.

The city also cited a need to repair a sagging retaining wall behind Fred Meyer and The Home Depot, along Southeast Black Nugget Road. Officials intend to hire a consultant to evaluate options for the structure and start repairs next year. Staffers requested $200,000 for the project in the TIP.

The plan allows city staffers to offer a roadmap of future projects. But the future can be difficult to plot because construction hinges on the state of city finances, as well as state and federal grants.

Early plans exist, for instance, to improve Issaquah-Pine Lake Road between Southeast 48th Street and the city limits by 2016.

Staffers list transportation projects in the TIP, and then prioritize the projects through a separate process to fund capital improvements.

Get Involved

City Council regular meeting

  • Transportation Improvement Program public hearing
  • May 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Council Chambers,City Hall South
  • 135 E. Sunset Way
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