Plan for roadwork at several spots

August 10, 2010

By Staff

Sunset Way widening project removes street parking

Crews have started removing street parking along East Sunset Way as part of a project to relieve traffic congestion.

Issaquah city planners required the Issaquah School District to complete the project as part of the $84 million Issaquah High School renovation. The school sits along Second Avenue Southeast.

Work at Sunset Way and Second Avenue started Aug. 9. The district plans to avoid closures during peak commutes. Expect traffic delays at other times.

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

Second Avenue between Sunset Way and Southeast Andrews Street will be re-striped to add a northbound right-turn lane approaching Sunset Way. The project also adds a sidewalk along the north side of 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 to Third Avenue Northeast, and both sides of Second Avenue from Sunset Way to Andrews Street.

Planners hope the project alleviates morning and afternoon traffic snarls.

The project costs about $185,000.

Though the city and school district considered adding a traffic signal at the Sunset Way-Second Avenue intersection in the past, no plans exist for the project.

Get involved

Learn more about the East Sunset Way widening project by calling the city Public Works Engineering Department at 837-3400.

Undercrossing construction prompts road closure

Prepare for a road closure related to Interstate 90 Undercrossing construction.

From Aug. 16 until Nov. 1, Southeast 62nd Street closes from East Lake Sammamish Parkway to the 600 block of 221st Place Southeast in order to accommodate construction.

Transportation planners intend for the north-south link to cut traffic on existing Issaquah roads. Plans call for the completed roadway to run from the traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continue along 221st Place Southeast and then end at Southeast 56th Street.

Crews should complete the road by early fall. The cost to plan and build the connector has reached about $3 million.

The city estimates the undercrossing could remove between 2,000 and 4,000 vehicles from Northwest Gilman Boulevard and between 3,000 and 6,000 vehicles from Front Street North each day. Gilman Boulevard handles 29,000 cars per day; Front Street handles 49,000.

State Route 900 lane closures to continue

Plan ahead for more overnight lane closures as crews continue to stripe state Route 900.

Drivers can expect single-lane closures on eastbound and westbound state Route 900 from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. through Aug. 13.

The striping marks the end of a yearslong effort to widen the important arterial route through Issaquah. Construction on the $33.9 million state Department of Transportation project started in August 2008.

Crews widened the road from Newport Way Northwest to the vicinity of Northwest Talus Drive and Southeast 82nd Street. The transportation agency opened almost a mile of widened lanes between 82nd Street and Newport Way in April.

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