Truck topples downtown traffic signal
December 28, 2010
Motorists and bus riders faced a headache Dec. 22, after a tractor-trailer toppled the traffic signal and pole on the northeastern corner of the Front Street and Sunset Way intersection.
The accident led city officials to close northbound traffic on Front Street and detour drivers to alternate routes. The crash also prompted King County Metro Transit to reroute buses through the affected area for much of the day.
City crews also deployed signs throughout Issaquah to alert drivers to potential problems.
The accident occurred at about 6:30 a.m. Dec. 22. The driver fled the scene and the Issaquah Police Department later arrested the man for fleeing the scene.
City crews toiled throughout the day in order to install a temporary traffic signal — rented from the state Department of Transportation — in time for the late-afternoon commute.
The pole also damaged Jak’s Grill restaurant, but the accident did not interrupt business at the popular eatery. The impact clipped a wall, cracked a window and knocked brickwork from the bottom of a wall along the front of the restaurant.
The accident did not cause any injuries.
The tractor-trailer destroyed a decorative pole at the main downtown intersection. In the meantime, the city plans to install another sturdier, temporary pole. Crews must pour and cure a concrete base — a process expected to last several days. The temporary pole is to be installed after the base cures.
Then, the city waits for a decorative pole to be cast and shipped. The process could take about six months to complete.
The costs for the signal rental and the replacement had not been totaled by late last week, but the final bill is to be charged to the tractor-trailer driver’s insurer.
The driver of the unmarked truck turned out to be a contractor making a delivery for a retailer, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said.
Overall, downtown drivers proved to be understanding of the closure and the detour, she said.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or email@example.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.