To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015


Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Watch for Front Street lane closures July 28

July 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 27, 2015

Drivers should prepare for what the city called short, recurrent lane closures at two Front Street intersections July 28.

Starting as early as 5 a.m., crews intermittently will close lanes at the intersections of Front Street and Sunset Way, along with Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street, to accommodate tractor-trailers carrying 95-foot bridge girders.

The girders will be used in the new bridge on Northwest Dogwood Street.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Transportation improvement list maps out future city roadwork

June 10, 2015

Like every other city in the state, Issaquah annually goes through the exercise of creating a Transportation Improvement Program, a list of proposed transportation projects to hopefully be undertaken in the next six years, in this case, through 2021.

The TIP is a requirement of state law and makes the listed projects eligible for state and federal funding. The 61 projects on Issaquah’s 2016 list range from a $30 million plan to extend Southeast 62nd Street into the Pickering Place shopping center to a trail connection in Tibbetts Valley Park priced at about $48,000.

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Dogwood bridge will be replaced next month

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2016

Starting May 26, a section of Northwest Dogwood Street will close as a new bridge is built.

The street will be closed from approximately Third Place Northwest to the 110 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.

Signage will provide detour information for pedestrians and drivers. The new bridge is expected to open in early October.

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Washington ranks as state friendliest to bicyclists

May 26, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 26, 2011

Washington is the Most Bicycle Friendly State again.

The ranking from the League of American Bicyclists honors a strong commitment to bicycling through policies and programs. The honor marks the fourth consecutive year the Evergreen State has clinched the No. 1 spot.

“Public support is strong for making biking safer and more convenient for children, commuters and recreational users,” state Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond said in a statement. “WSDOT works closely with regional and local agencies to increase the number of walkers and bikers, while also improving safety to reduce the number of bicycle- and pedestrian- related collisions.”

The league rates states based on bike-friendly legislation, policies and programs, education, places to ride and planning. Washington scored consistently high in all ranking evaluation categories.

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Construction concludes on redo to bike and pedestrian upgrades

November 23, 2010

The city has opened upgraded bike lanes and a pedestrian trail along Newport Way Northwest — again.

Crews completed the initial upgrade about a year ago and city leaders gathered on a rain-slicked afternoon in October 2009 to open the trail from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the Issaquah city line.

The project ended up before the City Council months later, after drivers attempted to use the upgraded shoulder as another traffic lane.

So, after much debate, the council decided to redo the project. Crews completed the overhaul in early November. The project added bike lanes in both directions, plus a pedestrian path separated by curbs from the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest. Read more

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Plan recommends tall buildings in Central Issaquah

November 2, 2010

City task force re-envisions 915-acre business district

Issaquah in the decades ahead could be punctuated by tall buildings — some as high as 150 feet — and arranged around a greenbelt and pedestrian paths.

The suggestion from the Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force is included in a proposal for the 915-acre area straddling Interstate 90 from the far edge of the city to Northeast Gilman Boulevard. The group has offered a bold plan to transform acre upon acre of strip malls and parking lots into dense neighborhoods bordered by parks and linked by mass transit.

The city rolled out the proposal Oct. 27, after the task force logged almost 1,000 hours across 13 months to prepare the plan. If the city decides to implement the plan, any results could be decades distant.

The plan re-envisions Central Issaquah as a blend of businesses and residences ringed by a “green necklace” of parks and trails. The task force studied redevelopment efforts in nearby cities for inspiration, but members said the result is tailored to Issaquah.

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Help tally Issaquah cyclists and pedestrians

September 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2010

The state Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club need volunteers to help count Issaquah cyclists and pedestrians in early October.

The information is then used to track progress toward a state goal of increasing bicycling and walking, and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven. The count is planned for Oct. 5-7.

The local count is part of the National Documentation Project, a yearly bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council.

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New club aims to connect bicyclists

September 7, 2010

Paul Winterstein bicycles up 12th Avenue Northwest, by Tibbetts Valley Park, on his commute home from work in Redmond. By Laura Geggel

Almost every day, Paul Winterstein commutes the 12.5 miles from his house on Squak Mountain to his workplace in Redmond.

He began biking to work in 2008, after two of his four children got their drivers’ licenses. Instead of buying another car, he decided to bicycle to work, rain or shine. Bicycling helps keep him fit and be a good role model for his children, he said.

The more he used local roads to bike to work, the more he noticed how road construction affected his safety and route.

With road changes happening frequently, Winterstein decided to start an Issaquah Bicycle Club that would unite the area’s bicyclists, helping give them a voice at Issaquah City Council meetings and a presence in the community.

The group could also organize rides, share bicycling tips and bring people together, giving bicyclists a stronger unified identity, much like hikers who belong to the Issaquah Alps Trails Club.

Kent Peterson, an Issaquah bicyclist who works as a bike technician at the Bicycle Center of Issaquah, said he enjoyed mountain biking and that he looked forward to joining the club.

“There are certain roads that are better riding on than others,” Peterson said. “It’s nice to have a place where you can share that knowledge with other people.” Read more

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