Group recommends funds for Issaquah-area road projects

September 13, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 2012

Planners recommended $1.1 million Thursday to complete road projects in the Issaquah area, including upgrades to Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Southeast May Valley Road.

The projects could garner a small slice of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by the Puget Sound Regional Council — the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The planning agency is considering transportation improvements throughout the region.

In the Issaquah area, planners proposed $824,586 to preserve Southeast May Valley Road from state Route 900 to 229th Avenue Southeast in unincorporated King County.

Planners also recommended $315,414 for road overlay, or paving, along Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

Leaders outlined the projects in the draft 2013-16 Transportation Improvement Program — a road map of transportation projects in the Puget Sound region.

“These projects were selected on their merits and support the region’s economic development and growth,” Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci, Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board chairwoman, said in a statement. “When Congress approved these funds earlier this year, their focus was on growing and sustaining jobs. These projects, large and small, will put people to work and shore up the foundations of our economy for the future.”

The planning agency is collecting public input on the projects proposed for funding. The comment period is open through Oct. 25, the day the agency’s executive board votes on the 2013-16 Transportation Improvement Program.

Submit comments to kmcgourty@psrc.org via email or via mail to Puget Sound Regional Council, ATTN: Kelly McGourty; 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500; Seattle, WA 98104-1035.

Citizens can also offers comments in person at the Puget Sound Regional Council office, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle on Oct. 11 and 25.

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