County seeks input on planned road safety projects

October 9, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2010

King County plans to roll out road safety projects on local roads next summer.

Planners hope to improve safety on several high-collision roads in rural areas, including Southeast May Valley Road and Southeast Preston-Fall City Road near Issaquah.

Though work is not scheduled to start until summer 2011, the county Road Services Division seeks feedback as engineers design the safety improvements. Call or e-mail Project Manager Henry Perrin at 206-263-6138 or henry.perrin@kingcounty.gov by Nov. 5 to offer input.

The projects could include improved signage, reflectors on guardrails, rumble strips in centerlines and adding the strips to road shoulders with enough space to accommodate bicyclists.

The county intends to upgrade Southeast May Valley Road between state Route 900 and Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast; and Southeast Preston-Fall City Road between Southeast High Point Way and state Route 202.

The county does not plan to close roads during construction.

The county intends to tackle six arterial roadways known collisions after motorists either crossed the centerline or drifted off the side of the road. The project is funded by a $500,000 state grant.

Statewide, single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes make up about 18 percent of all crashes. Yet, such accidents account for about 30 percent of all the fatal crashes on state highways and on King County roads.

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