Planners steer dollars to Issaquah-area road upgrades

October 26, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 26, 2012

Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — Thursday, after planners approved a regional transportation program.

Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and, on the Sammamish Plateau, 228th Avenue Southeast.

The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.

Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.

Planners approved $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 next year. The total project cost is estimated at about $1.6 million.

The council OK’d $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 next year. The total project cost is estimated at $637,200.

Planners steered about $1.4 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.

The package includes dollars to add intelligent transportation devices — such as signal equipment, a fiber optic network and detection systems — along 228th Avenue Southeast from Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast to Northeast 12th Place in Sammamish. The council steered $604,000 to the Sammamish proposal, enough to cover the entire project cost in the initial phase.

Puget Sound Regional Council leaders approved the projects in the 2013-16 Transportation Improvement Program — a road map of transportation projects in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The transportation program is required under federal and state laws. The road map is meant to ensure transportation projects meet regional goals, and state and federal requirements, such as regulations outlined in the Clean Air Act.

The council’s executive board — a group of elected leaders from throughout the region, including King County Executive Dow Constantine — accepted public comment on the proposed projects before approving the list.

“Securing federal transportation funding for communities in the region is one of the key roles of the Puget Sound Regional Council,” Puget Sound Regional Council President Josh Brown, a Kitsap County commissioner, said in a statement. “These projects are advancing a better system that gets people and goods where they need to go, provides transportation choices and helps grow jobs in the region.”

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