Council approves contract for widening of Sammamish Parkway

September 22, 2015

NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

The Issaquah City Council approved a $3.3 million bid for the widening of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at its regular meeting Sept. 8.

The city estimated the total project cost at $7.5 million. Issaquah received grants from the Puget Sound Regional Council and the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board totaling $6.9 million for the work.

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City looks to jump-start Central Issaquah Plan, considers potential anchor projects

September 22, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Even as city officials consider how to jump-start the long-discussed Central Issaquah Plan, one potential anchor project already may be in the works.

While he offered very few details, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven told City Council members Sept. 21 he met recently with officials of the U.S. Postal Service about a possible development on land near the post office on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, in the area of Fourth Avenue Northwest.

The project would consist of one floor of some sort of commercial space, with three floors of apartments above. Niven mentioned that configuration might mean construction of a nearby parking garage. Overall, he believes the project might well be one city officials want to take a look at if the developer’s concept moves forward. Read more

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Off The Press — Sunny remembrances

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?

It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.

Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.

You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015


Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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Water main work to close parkway lane starting tomorrow

August 4, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Prepare for lane closures along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast as a water main is replaced.

Starting Aug. 5, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District will replace a portion of 16-inch water transmission main along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The project is expected to be completed by early October.

The contractor, Ponderosa Pacific, will work on the east side of the parkway between Southeast 51st Street and the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch.

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Lane of SR 900 to close for one-day project

July 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 26, 2015

Prepare for a daylong lane closure on state Route 900.

Due to construction activity, a section of the southbound right lane of the road at Southeast 75th Street will close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

Drivers should follow the signage in the area.

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Hotel project to close a lane of southbound Maple for one year

June 25, 2015

According to the lighted reader board now in place on Northwest Maple Street near 12th Avenue Northwest, the right lane of southbound Maple Street will close June 26.

According to Lucy Sloman, land development manager for the city, the reason is a long-delayed project to place a Marriott Springhill Suites hotel at the corner of Maple and 12th is about to get underway.

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Alzheimer’s home planned for Issaquah-Fall City Road

April 28, 2015

The city is reviewing plans to build an Alzheimer’s and memory care community at the intersection of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Highlands Drive Northeast.

The home, to be built by Cascadia Development LLC, is proposed for two contiguous parcels covering a total of 6.8 acres.

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Drivers beware of construction work on Second Avenue Southeast

April 14, 2015

Drivers should prepare for changes along Second Avenue Southeast as the Issaquah School District starts construction on a new Issaquah Middle School campus.

The contractor has begun pre-construction work, although the majority of construction will take place during the summer break.

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Editorial — Traffic mess needs a good solution, now

September 23, 2014

Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.

When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.

Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.

That’s ridiculous.

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