Truck topples downtown traffic signal at Front Street

December 22, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Debris left from a fallen light pole litters the corner as police direct traffic away from the intersection of Front Street and Sunset Way. Photo by Tim Pfarr

UPDATED — 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22, 2010

A large truck knocked down the traffic signal and pole on the southeastern corner of the Front Street and Sunset Way intersection at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The road is closed to northbound traffic on Front Street, and officials said drivers should use alternate routes, such as Newport Way Northeast or Second Avenue Southeast.

The accident forced King County Metro Transit routes 200, 209 and 214 to be rerouted. Riders should use stops west of West Sunset Way and First Avenue Northwest or stops north of Northwest Alder Place on Front Street North, officials.

Officials continue to wait for a temporary, replacement pole and do not know when the road will open. A city worker at the scene said the road could reopen Wednesday afternoon.

Then, crews plan to install another sturdier, temporary pole, possibly as early as Thursday.

The driver fled the scene and the Issaquah Police Department later arrested the man. The accident did not cause any injuries.

The pole also damaged Jak’s Grill restaurant, clipping a wall, cracking a pane of glass and knocking out a few feet of brickwork at the bottom of a front wall.

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