Crews start construction on highlands’ College Drive

May 30, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. May 30, 2011

Construction has started on Northeast College Drive in the Issaquah Highlands.

Plans call for College Drive to snake for about a half-mile behind Grand Ridge Elementary School and link to the existing street grid at Central Park. The road is meant to serve as access to a Bellevue College campus planned for the highlands.

In addition, the road through The Highlands at Wynhaven apartment complex is due to be improved and turned into 15th Avenue Northeast. College Drive is planned to form a T-shaped intersection at 15th Avenue.

The road project is occurring at the same time as residential construction on nearby land. The project is ultimately meant to provide another east-to-west access point to Falls Drive Northeast.

In order to accommodate the project, a city maintenance yard is to be constructed immediately south of the Central Park Reservoir.

The south access path to the school from Central Park is due to close until the fall. Parkgoers should also expect short-term closures along the park access road.

The road should be completed at about the same time as the start of the 2011-12 school year.

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