Issaquah road closures expand due to downed power lines, fallen trees

January 19, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 7:50 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Trees loaded with snow continue to snap and fall on state highways and local streets across Issaquah and nearby unincorporated areas, causing street closures.

Crews said a coating of ice on trees and power lines is further complicating travel. Motorists should be on the lookout for falling debris as well as ice on roads.

Early Thursday, crews responded a downed tree and power lines on state Route 900 between Northwest Talus Drive and the southern city limits. The stretch between the access road to the Talus urban village and the city line closed early Thursday and remains closed as Puget Sound Energy crews tend to the problem.

Southeast 56th Street from 229th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is closed due to downed power lines.

On Squak Mountain, Highwood Drive Southwest near the intersection of Greenwood Boulevard Southwest is closed and Southwest Forest Drive is closed from Wildwood Boulevard Southwest to Wildwood Boulevard Southwest. In addition, the road is closed at 845 S.W. Ellerwood St.

Outside Issaquah, downed trees also caused transportation problems during the day and into the night.

King County Road Services Division said road conditions remain challenging Thursday evening. The hazardous mix from ice and snow resulted in more than 20 road closures in unincorporated King County.

State Route 900 is closed at Southeast May Valley Road. State Route 18 remains closed from Interstate 90 to Auburn Way due to multiple downed trees for several miles. (The state Department of Transportation has not offered information about when state Route 18 and state Route 900 could reopen.)

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