August 28, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 2010
The contentious plan to redo bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to the city line has started.
City engineers do not expect the project to cause significant traffic delays.
The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.
April 28, 2010
NEW — 2 p.m. April 28, 2010
State Department of Transportation crews will close the off-ramp from westbound Interstate 90 to state Route 900 overnight Wednesday.
Workers will close the ramp from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Signs will direct drivers to the exit at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.
Crews will also close up to two lanes in both directions of SR 900 between Newport Way Northwest and Southeast 83rd Street from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday.
The work will take place as crews near completion of the yearslong effort to widen SR 900 and improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians through the corridor.
January 12, 2010
Expect construction noise and lane closures when state crews begin work to widen the East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90 in late spring.
State Department of Transportation plans call for construction on the $3.5 million project to start in May and last about six months. Although most work will take place off the roadway, the project will require up to 60 nighttime closures, when a single lane will remain open and flag crews will direct traffic.
Workers will widen the narrow, curved roadway from a single lane in each direction hemmed by concrete barriers to wider lanes bracketed by road shoulders, curbs and a sidewalk.
“When you have two buses or two trucks try to go through here at the same time, it’s impossible. One of them has to wait,” Project Engineer Hung Huynh said.
Crews will also replace a temporary support wall with a permanent support for the widened roadway. The project will also require workers to reconfigure storm water retention ponds adjacent to the site.
Huynh said the DOT plans to advertise the project to contractors next month. Officials tapped into state gas tax revenue to pay for the project. Read more
September 27, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 27, 2009
Volunteers are needed to count cyclists and pedestrians using bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and roads.
State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club officials organized the count.
Volunteers are needed Sept. 29 to Oct. 1; two shifts are available each day: 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. To volunteer, call the bicycle club at 206-957-0689, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the club’s Web site.
Organizers targeted key areas in and around Issaquah to count: Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest; East Sunset Way and Sixth Ave Northeast; Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900; 17th Avenue Northwest and 12th Avenue Northwest; East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Avenue; Southeast Issaquah‐Fall City Road and Black Nugget Road.
DOT officials will use information from the count to track progress of a state goal to increase cycling and walking.
“When people have safe and convenient places to walk and bicycle, they are more likely to leave their car at home,” state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said in a news release. “This count helps us to measure the demand for and benefits of existing paths and trails, and to identify new needs.”
December 15, 2008
Sustainability is the buzzword of the year, but really, how do you measure it? A diverse panel of 16 citizens is trying to answer the question.
Called the Sustainability Sounding Board, the group was convened this fall and has met three times. It meets again Dec. 17 to finish its concept of sustainability and how to measure it. Read more