City Council sets goals, including plan to make Issaquah a mountain-biking mecca

June 26, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 26, 2010

The ambitious agenda for 2011 calls for the city to turn Issaquah into a mountain-biking destination, decide whether to annex Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods, and continue to promote Issaquah to prospective businesses.

City Council members OK’d goals for 2011 on Monday, and handed Mayor Ava Frisinger a broad set of priorities to be accomplished next year. The decision represents the first step in the process to shape the 2011 city budget.

Department chiefs start to prepare the budget in the summer. The mayor then delivers a proposal to the council by October. Members mold the proposal into a final budget, and the council approves the spending plan in late December.

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Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park opens / May 22, 2010

May 25, 2010

Newport Way to get redo of improvements

March 23, 2010

Council’s split vote is rare

Westbound motorists on Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oak Crest Drive pass a row of flexible 'candlestick' guideposts separating the traffic lane from the shoulder. By Greg Farrar

The city will spend $120,000 on a controversial overhaul for a section of Newport Way Northwest, City Council members decided last week.

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City Council OKs agreements to build I-90 trail connector

February 19, 2010

NEW — 7:55 a.m. Feb. 19, 2010

A pedestrian connector designed to bridge Interstate 90 will move ahead, after City Council members approved important agreements for the project Tuesday.

The project aims to complete a trail about 1,600 feet long, between the end of the state Route 900 boardwalk at the eastbound I-90 off-ramp on the south side of the interstate, and the Sammamish Trail on the north.

Transportation officials said the project should improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists along SR 900. Critics encouraged planners to build the crossing at another location, to no avail.

The agreement between Issaquah and the state Department of Transportation shifts the requirement for maintenance of the connector from the agency to the city. The pact also allows the city to use some of the state right-of-way for the link.

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Pick up free Issaquah bike map

August 23, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2009

Cyclists pedaling through Issaquah will find it easier to discover the city’s bike paths and trails. A new, free bike map is available at bike stores and the Issaquah Visitor Information Center.

The map recommends rides around Issaquah and alerts cyclists to potential hazards, such as narrow road shoulders. Pick up a copy of the map at the visitor center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd.; Bicycle Center of Issaquah, 111 Front St. N.; or Veloce Velo, 98 Front St. S. The map is also available at the Getting Around Issaquah Together Web site.

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Human services campus, new hatchery dam among city’s goals

June 2, 2009

City officials want to improve traffic flow, city parks and salmon habitat in 2010. The wide-ranging list of 2010 goals directs city staffers to take steps to establish a human services campus, plan Cybil-Madeline Park and complete the first phase of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. Read more

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