Undercrossing construction prompts road closure

August 10, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 10, 2010

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

From Monday 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 2,000 to 4,000 vehicles from Northwest Gilman Boulevard and 3,000 to 6,000 vehicles from Front Street North each day. Gilman Boulevard handles 29,000 cars per day; Front Street handles 49,000.

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