Downed tree near Issaquah snarls morning commute

April 7, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9:05 a.m. April 7, 2011

Crews cleared a fallen tree from Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast near Issaquah at about 8 a.m. Thursday, after the large maple clogged traffic and forced motorists to detour.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies directed traffic. Crews cleared enough of the tree to reopen the road just after 9 a.m.

In the meantime, traffic backed up just south of Issaquah city limits. Motorists headed for Issaquah and Interstate 90 used May Valley Road Southeast and state Route 900 to reach the city.

The tree came down after springtime snowfall blanketed the Issaquah area late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Crews continue to clean up the tree.

“With the ground so saturated, it’s not uncommon for the roots to give way, and the tree just kind of falls over,” King County Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok said.

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