Crews start removing street parking Monday to reduce congestion

August 8, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 8, 2010

Crews plan to remove street parking along East Sunset Way as part of project to relieve traffic congestion.

Work at East Sunset Way and Second Avenue Southeast starts Monday.

The city required the Issaquah School District to complete the project as part of the ongoing Issaquah High School renovation. The school sits along Second Avenue Southeast.

Plans call for another lane to be added on westbound East Sunset Way to create a left-turn lane — plus a combined through and right-turn lane — at the intersection.

Second Avenue Southeast between East Sunset Way and Southeast Andrews Street will be restriped to add a northbound right-turn lane approaching East Sunset Way.

In order to make room for the upgrades, street parking must be removed along the north side of East Sunset Way from Second Avenue Southeast to Third Avenue Northeast, and both sides of Second Avenue Southeast from East Sunset Way to Southeast Andrews Street.

The project also adds a sidewalk along the north side of East Sunset Way.

The district plans to avoid closures during peak commutes. Expect traffic delays at other times. Learn more by calling the city Public Works Engineering Department at 837-3400.

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8 Responses to “Crews start removing street parking Monday to reduce congestion”

  1. craig neidig on August 9th, 2010 8:10 am

    wouldn’t it also make sense to finally put a traffic light at the busiest 4 way stop in the state. One of the very few 4 way stops left in existence. maybe spenidng money on things that will actually help might be good. adding more lanes of traffic leading to a stopsign that few know how to handle will only make things worse

  2. Jim Morris on August 9th, 2010 8:27 am

    More East/West routes over or under I-90 and Issaguah Creek is needed along with off street parking.

  3. Roger Montgomery on August 9th, 2010 12:15 pm

    The anti-bypass chickens are coming home to roost. This is merely the first of many unpleasant and unwelcome downtown traffic modifications needed to handle the growing flood of traffic through city neighborhoods. Downtown is doomed to becoming a noisy and dangerous congested traffic management zone because of the shortsighted and misguided decisions of the city council. The bypass would have entirely eliminated the need for this.

  4. HK on August 9th, 2010 12:41 pm

    How about remove the parking and widen the main road through Issaquah. After turning down the idea of a bypass, the old part of town has become a bog and bottle neck for all traffic.. to what end I’m not sure, since no one sitting in the traffice almost any time of day, would stop and shop at the the businesses along Front Street. Issaquah is becoming like Seattle, a place I avoid at all costs.

  5. BR on August 9th, 2010 9:58 pm

    The Front Street corridor deserves some attention to revitalize that downtown area. I like walking around that area. A bypass would kill the area because no one would pass through anymore… Anyone want to know what it should be like? Take a look at downtown Kirkland. It’s very vibrant and the streets in the area aren’t much wider than Front Street. Are you telling me that you don’t want that kind of lively downtown scene? It’s great to have a variety of businesses. People always want a magic bullet and aren’t willing to wait for incremental improvements, they just want to complain.

  6. Wes null Howard-Brook on August 10th, 2010 6:20 am

    Wow, what a bunch of whiners! Issaquah is NOTHING like Seattle in terms of traffic and the downtown is hardly a “bog.” I live just off Sunset and there is never more than a car at a time in sight. The reason has nothing at all to do with the bypass, but with the routing of cars out of the neighborhood and onto the main arterials. The bypass would have ruined Issaquah’s beauty and access to Tiger Mountain, one of our leading features.

    Downtown is best accessed by foot. There is plenty of parking available. Please be the people Issaquah is known for, who are grateful for our lovely little downtown and know what a treasure it is to the whole region.

  7. Steve on August 10th, 2010 6:26 am

    All of the congestion problems mentioned by other posters go away if the massive amount of Maple Valley and Covington through-traffic is diverted somewhere else. This needs to happen. Whether the bypass was built or not, Downtown Issaquah suffers as long as it remains on a commuter route between I-90 and Maple Valley.

  8. Gabe on August 10th, 2010 9:50 am

    I’m not sure what area the proposed bypass affects, but I agree that the traffic going through downtown on Front Street isn’t helping area businesses. People are just trying to get to the other side. I try to go hiking after work at Poo Poo point, but it often takes 45 minutes to get from my work to the trail head. It is mostly due to the bog of the Front Street area.

    Wes: I agree downtown is best accessed by foot. However, somtimes we need to get THROUGH downtown to our destination rather than being stuck in it. Also, if you think that there is never more than one car in sight on Sunset, you should look more toward the intersection of Front Street and Sunset. There are many many cars there all of the time.

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