Issaquah-Hobart Road construction finished for now

August 12, 2014

By Peter Clark

After a spring and early summer of traffic snarls along Issaquah-Hobart Road, King County has finished construction.

For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving, which happened throughout June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website.

The county restricted the road to one lane and it caused a few backups, but county Department of Transportation Spokesman Jeff Switzer said the paving was overdue.

“It was a paving project that was held over from last year,” he said. “We widened the shoulders and widened the roadways. It’s safer for it.”

He said the county had only a bit more cosmetic work on the project, which shouldn’t cause any more lane closures. Crews will return in October to put in some ground covering plants.

Switzer expressed sensitivity to the concerns commuters have faced in the previous months.

“It can be frustrating,” he said. “We take it really seriously and try to stay focused on our projects.”

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