Group recommends dollars for Issaquah-area road projects

October 2, 2012

By Staff

Planners recommended more than $2 million Sept. 13 to help fund road projects in the Issaquah area, including upgrades to West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, 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. Citizens can comment on the proposals through Oct. 25, the day the agency’s executive board votes on a regional transportation plan.

In the Issaquah area, planners proposed $1.3 million to construct a roundabout at the westbound off-ramp of Interstate 90 at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, near Sunset Elementary School. The total project cost is estimated at about $1.6 million. State gas tax revenue is expected to cover the remaining cost.

Get involved

Citizens can submit comments to the Puget Sound Regional Council about proposed transportation projects through Oct. 25.

Submit comments to kmcgourty@psrc.org via email or mail them 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.

Officials also recommended $824,586 to preserve Southeast May Valley Road from state Route 900 to 229th Avenue Southeast in unincorporated King County. Plans call for crews to grind and pave 3.95 miles of roadway. The total project cost is estimated at about $1.6 million.

Planners proposed $315,414 for the Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast project. Plans call for crews to pave and grind 1.59 miles of roadway between Southeast 132nd Way and the line between Issaquah city limits and unincorporated King County. The total project cost is estimated at $637,200.

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 next step is left to the Puget Sound Regional Council to approve the transportation plan. The board is scheduled to vote Oct. 25. If funding for the projects is approved, construction could start as early as next year.

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