City raises Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road speed limit
June 28, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Motorists no longer need to clamp down so hard on the brake on a steep section of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.
On June 20, 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 took effect June 25.
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 (2.05 per million vehicle miles) for a main arterial road.
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.
The other committee members, Councilman Fred Butler and Councilwoman Stacy Goodman, disagreed and voted to send the measure to the council for approval.
Later, before the June 20 council decision, Schaer said the safety questions he had about the proposal had been addressed.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.