Construction prompts city to close northbound Front Street
January 4, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4, 2011
Steer clear of Front Street and East Sunset Way on Tuesday as crews started to replace a traffic signal pole at the bustling downtown Issaquah intersection.
Crews closed northbound Front Street at about 10:30 a.m. The closure is expected to last several hours.
The city has suggested for motorists to use alternate routes, including Newport Way Northwest or Second Avenue Southeast.
The closure stems from a Dec. 22 accident. In the early morning collision, a tractor-trailer destroyed a decorative pole and traffic signal at the intersection. City crews toiled throughout the day in order to install a temporary traffic signal — rented from the state Department of Transportation — at the scene.
The construction Tuesday is a step in the process to add another sturdier, temporary pole. Then, the city waits for a decorative pole to be cast and shipped. The process could take about six months to complete.