November 6, 2012
Shoppers deserve traffic solutions
There are two messy traffic jams that occur in Issaquah, primarily on busy weekend shopping days. With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, these locations will only get worse. While you may have others in mind, we think you’d agree these two are tops for driver annoyance.
Both spots are in the heart of shopping centers.
No. 1 honors go to the ingress/egress to Lake Sammamish Center near The Home Depot. The traffic signal and Interstate 90 Undercrossing help drivers move in and out of the area, but getting out of the parking lot from the south side is a lesson in frustration. Often the only option is to circle away from the exit and try again from a new angle. The only saving grace is that there are no pedestrians in the midst of this tangle of cars.
The intersection on Northwest Maple Street in the heart of the Issaquah Commons is the second-most hazardous traffic jam in town.
The traffic on Northwest Maple Street has the right of way, leaving exiting drivers in a pickle. And if a driver wants to move from Target to Ross, across the street, they best have plenty of patience.
The city of Issaquah is one of the beneficiaries when we all shop at home. But shopping here should be easier, safer.
These two traffic spots have been thorns in the sides of local shoppers since Lake Sammamish Center and the Issaquah Commons opened. King County and city respectively approved the parking lot plans and should now take the lead in finding solutions.
Thankfully, the city is attempting to address problems in at least one of these areas. A plan is coming together to form a local improvement district for the city and property owners to address congestion in the area near Lake Sammamish Center.
The city also has a new Economic Vitality Commission and a recently appointed economic development director. Traffic flow in shopping center parking lots should also be addressed, in cooperation with landlords.