City raises Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road speed limit

June 22, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2 p.m. June 22, 2011

Motorists no longer need to clamp down so hard on the brake on a steep section of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.

On Monday, City Council members raised the speed limit from 35 mph to 40 mph on a section from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the eastern city limits near the 238th Avenue Southeast intersection. The faster speed limit goes into effect Saturday.

City crews plan to post signs featuring the 40 mph limit along the affected roadway. The sign replacement should cost about $350.

Before the decision, planners commissioned a traffic engineering study for Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road between East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast Black Nugget Road, and between Southeast Black Nugget Road and Southeast Issaquah-Pine Lake Road to determine whether a 35 mph speed limit remained appropriate.

The study determined most motorists drove at 46 mph in both directions along Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road between the parkway and Southeast Black Nugget Road. The area includes few driveways and intersecting streets.

The traffic collision rate for the area — 0.72 per million vehicle miles — is also below the state average for a main arterial road, 2.05 per million vehicle miles.

Council Transportation Committee members discussed the speed limit change June 9. Councilman Joshua Schaer, committee chairman, called for the legislation to be sent to the Council Services & Safety Committee for additional review, but Councilman Fred Butler and Councilwoman Stacy Goodman disagreed, and voted to send the measure to the council for approval.

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