City launches redo of Newport Way Northwest section

August 28, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 2010

The contentious plan to redo bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to the city line has started.

City engineers do not expect the project to cause significant traffic delays.

The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.

Crews started to remove rumble strips along the road earlier in the week. City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the city had yet to receive a final schedule from the contractor, but he said he expects the majority of the work to be completed within a couple of weeks.

In March, the City Council decided to spend $120,000 for the project. The decision prompted debate because crews added a trail and a gravel shoulder to the same section of road late last year.

But before the project had been completed, the city started to receive complaints about drivers using the widened shoulder as another lane — despite a double white line, a rumble strip and “No driving on shoulder” signs.

Councilman Joshua Schaer led the push against the makeover. Schaer, a resident in a development along the affected roadway section, said residents had used the widened shoulder for parking during heavy snow, after snow and ice made steep driveways unsafe.

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One Response to “City launches redo of Newport Way Northwest section”

  1. ConcernedRoadie on August 28th, 2010 5:02 pm

    QUOTE<<The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.

    I say until the bikers start paying a road use tax, then when you make bike lanes, MAKE them STAY in the BIKE lanes and thus they would not be traveling south in a south bound lane of traffic at 28 mph in a 45-35 mph speed zone..

    Lately I have been traveling North on East Lake Sammamish, (Bellevue side) only to find bikers in the North bound lane, where there is no shoulder, and a frigging 8 ft lane for them on the other side of the road… I have seen several times very close calls and even one biker fell off her bike when a car snaked by her and the on coming south bound car.

    Yes bikers have a right, and flaunting that right could get them seriously hurt.. They need to be as responsible as we have to be diligent around them,

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