King County commits $70,000 to repair city’s retaining wall

September 6, 2011

King County recently agreed to fund repairs to a decade-old retaining wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road as city planners seek to shore up the structure against landslides.

The city closed the sidewalk along the wall in March after soggy conditions caused a small landslide on the slope behind Fred Meyer and The Home Depot. The shifting earth did not pose a risk to motorists or residences atop the hill, but the incident refocused attention on plans to strengthen the wall.

County officials committed $70,000 for upgrades. The project could cost up to $640,000 for substantial renovations. The city is setting aside funds to complete the project in the years ahead.

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Council prioritizes city projects

June 22, 2010

The city plans to start construction on the Issaquah Creek-area parks, install a fire-suppression system for the 911 center at the Issaquah Police Department and replace permit-tracking software for the municipal Building Department in the year ahead.

City Council members approved the Capital Improvement Plan — a sweeping program to update facilities, equipment and roads during the next six years. City staffers update the document each year, and then council members prioritize projects for funding and completion. The council approved the plan in a unanimous vote June 7.

Other top priorities include developing a disaster-recovery plan for information technology and pursuing a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for flood mitigation.

Comp Plan changes favor electric cars

March 23, 2010

Officials could ease rules to allow more charging stations for electric vehicles in Issaquah, as the City Council considers the latest updates to the long-term growth blueprint. Read more

New design envisioned for downtown park

March 16, 2010

Issaquah landscape architect Dar Webb re-envisioned Pedestrian Park. Downtown boosters hope the proposal launches a discussion about the future of the park. Contributed

Advocates for downtown Issaquah want to transform the space between Jak’s Grill and Mandarin Garden from a blah concrete expanse into a vibrant park for pedestrians, musicians and festival vendors.

Michael Johnson, events director for the DownTown Issaquah Association, asked Dar Webb, a landscape architect and a downtown tenant, to re-envision the space known as Pedestrian Park. Webb presented a park lined with trees, planters and public art.

“That place would be unbelievably packed if we opened it up like this,” Johnson said.

The proposal received a warm reception from the city Arts Commission when Johnson and Webb presented renderings and discussed the idea March 8. However, any proposal to remake the park must go through the public process for all city projects.

The proposal presented last week merely shows how Pedestrian Park could be improved. Any eventual upgrades to the park will look different from the renderings Webb prepared.

Johnson said he hopes the proposal will encourage business owners, city officials and residents to re-envision the space. Read more

Undercrossing bids are lower than expected

March 2, 2010

The city received a $1.4 million bid to build the Interstate 90 Undercrossing — almost $1 million less than engineers had estimated. City planners opened construction bids last month for the proposed roadway. Read more

City seeks bids for I-90 Undercrossing

February 2, 2010

The city is accepting construction bids for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a long-planned connector from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street. Read more

Council puts aside reservations, accepts $400,000 trails grant

December 29, 2009

A planned bridge across Interstate 90 carries flaws, but the project will improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, City Council members said last week. Read more

Council puts aside reservations, accepts $400,000 trails grant

December 26, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2009

A planned bridge across Interstate 90 carries flaws, but the project will improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, City Council members said Monday night.

The council accepted a $400,000 Sound Transit grant to complete a $6 million link from the state Route 900 boardwalk at the eastbound I-90 off-ramp south of the interstate to the Sammamish Trail at the north end. Issaquah would contribute $341,000 toward the project; grant money will pick up most of the tab.

“We claim ourselves to be a walkable city, and this will help in that effort,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said.

Although council members raised safety questions about the connector, the council accepted the grant in a 6-1 vote. Councilman David Kappler, a longtime trails advocate, voted against the proposal.

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Second swim pool still years away

June 30, 2009

Swimmers with hopes to cool off at a city pool in the Issaquah Highlands will instead have to cool their heels: Plans to build a second municipal pool and overhaul the existing Julius Boehm Pool are years distant. Read more

Council OKs transportation plan

May 19, 2009

City Council members recently approved a plan that outlines dozens of transportation projects — from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

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