Rapid Response

February 15, 2011

By Contributor

Has the completed East Sunset Way interchange at Interstate 90 changed traffic flow in downtown Issaquah for better or for worse? Why or why not?

The traffic lights at Front Street and Sunset Way need to be on longer to allow the westbound extra traffic through.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

It has been a welcome relief.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

The real change is at Second Avenue and Sunset Way — some drivers can’t figure out the dedicated left and right turn lanes.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

Traffic is better. The wide and extra turn lanes help. A light at Second Avenue would be better.

Barbara Shelton, Issaquah

The city received $100,000 to study another transfer of development rights, with the receiving site in the business district. Should the area along Interstate 90 be redeveloped into a dense neighborhood?

Better, where are those TDRs coming from? Will county TDRs get the priority over local ones?

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

No. Traffic is already a problem that the city has not been able to fix. We don’t need more jams along Gilman Boulevard, Front Street or Southeast 56th Street.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

This TDR is a bad thing. If the business district is going to get a pass on environmental and development rules, then the transfer mitigations (benefits) should be kept within our city limits, not placed somewhere in King County.

C.A. Christensen, Issaquah

Washington voters rejected a series of taxes on the Nov. 2 ballot, leaving the state to close a huge spending gap. What steps should Issaquah’s representatives in Olympia take to preserve local programs amid cuts?

Cuts must be fair, prioritized and based on realistic cost/benefit analyses, not pork-barrel favortism. Speak the honest truth about the importance of Issaquah programs and facilities, but if other areas of the state have a program or facility of higher importance, then it should keep its funding.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

First, call attention, in Olympia and in the media, to the need to clearly define what role our state government should have, which does not include what should be done by city government, county government, federal government, charitable organizations, private businesses or individuals. Second, eliminate programs that do not fit that role. Third, spread our existing tax dollars among the remaining programs. Our budget gap is too large for every community to expect to preserve local programs.

Mel Morgan, Issaquah

We have to think out of the box to accomplish more with less, streamline bureaucracy and improve processes. Prioritize needs. Safety, education and repairing broken infrastructure are immediate needs.

Ray Extract, Issaquah

Bellevue College has expressed interest in the Issaquah Highlands for a possible campus site. How could a college campus change the community in positive and negative ways?

Graduating seniors would have an option close to home that could cut residency cost and allow for commuting.

Don Burnett, Issaquah

To have such easy access to higher education here in Issaquah would be a huge asset.

Gail Givan, Issaquah

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