Striping starts as connector nears completion

June 21, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Motorists should prepare for ramp closures as crews stripe lanes along state Route 900.

The striping comes as construction nears completion on a pedestrian connector along busy state Route 900 and the westbound Interstate 90 on-ramp. The connector could open to pedestrians and bicyclists by late June.

Starting June 20, contractors started painting the bridges and paving the trail from 12th Avenue Northwest.

The painting requires the interstate on-ramp to be closed during the evening. The contractor plans to post detours for motorists.

In addition, striping is also occurring on state Route 900 to shift travel lanes back to pre-construction positions. Crews reoriented some lanes and closed a high-occupancy vehicle lane to allow for construction. The state Route 900 striping is planned for the week of July 4 or 11, depending on weather conditions.

The city expects the impact to traffic to be minimal.

The completed connector includes a 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the interstate on-ramp and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian path along the existing state Route 900 overpass.

The connector is meant to create a safer path between the East Lake Sammamish Trail and the Issaquah Transit Center.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the connector could open as soon as June 24. Construction on the project started in July 2010, but delays pushed the projected opening date from spring to early summer.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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