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.
June 3, 2014
Flashing yellow turn signals will come to seven intersections by November.
In the interest of addressing some traffic problems in Issaquah, city leaders have looked into solving large-scale snarls and smaller hiccups. The city aims to affect particular hotspots where traffic is slowed unnecessarily.
The city will install the lights at the following intersections:
- Front Street and Sunset Way (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)
- East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 51st Street (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)
September 6, 2011
In the latest phase of a regional Traffic Buster project, the state established a link between Issaquah and the state Department of Transportation’s regional office.
The project connects 22 agencies to share transportation data and video from the regional traffic camera network. In the long term, the project is meant to lay the foundation for regional traffic congestion solutions.
In Issaquah, city engineers can view — but not control — video from the Department of Transportation and other agencies’ cameras, as well as the operation of state traffic signals in real time.
Though not all state cameras in the Issaquah area operate on the system yet, officials said the network should expand soon.
In the future, officials said the system should allow city traffic engineers to view the state’s electronic message boards and repost messages about possible impacts, such as accidents or lane closures on Interstate 90, on similar boards installed throughout Issaquah.
The state is responsible for providing, installing, setting up and configuring all of the necessary equipment for the city’s connection.
June 14, 2011
The state Department of Transportation has established a fiber-optic communication link between Issaquah and the regional traffic camera network.
The physical link between Issaquah City Hall Northwest and the Department of Transportation communication system — a fiber-optic connection at the state Route 900 and Interstate 90 westbound on-ramp — is part of the Traffic Buster project.
The effort connects 22 agencies in the Puget Sound region to share transportation data and video from traffic cameras. Once completed, planners said the Traffic Buster network should provide a communication link between participating agencies on the Department of Transportation backbone. In the long term, the project is meant to lay the foundation for regional traffic congestion solutions.
The project is funded through grants and managed by the state transportation agency.
January 18, 2011
Motorists continue to discover Fourth Avenue Northwest, a shortcut beneath Interstate 90, and the city plans to start counting the number of vehicles using the undercrossing as early as next month.
The undercrossing opened to traffic in mid-December after the city resolved legal challenges and concerns about the potential impact on the environment. Mayor Ava Frisinger, flanked by the crown-and-robe-clad King and Queen of Issaquah, Nathan Perea and Renee Zimmerman, snipped the ribbon on the road during a Jan. 11 ceremony.
Construction on the undercrossing started last May. Read more
January 12, 2011
NEW — 7 a.m. Jan. 12, 2011
Issaquah School District schools open one hour later Wednesday due to the slushy mess on local roadways.
The schools operate on a regular Wednesday schedule otherwise.
City road crews toiled throughout the night to clear roads as snowfall transitioned to rainfall.
Expect rain and temperatures in the 40s Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Allied Waste and Waste Management said garbage collection might be late for some customers in Issaquah and nearby Wednesday due to road conditions.
Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.
January 11, 2011
Motorists curious about congestion along Northwest Gilman Boulevard or morning traffic along Front Street South near Issaquah High School can receive real-time information from a system of traffic cameras throughout Issaquah.
The city launched a traffic camera website Dec. 28. The site includes information from cameras at 26 intersections citywide. Read more
January 11, 2011
NEW — 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011
Snow is forecast to start falling after 4 p.m. Tuesday — just in time for the afternoon commute.
National Weather Service forecasters said the Issaquah area could receive 1 to 3 inches of snow Tuesday night. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Residents should also brace for strong winds, including gusts up to 39 mph.
The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Meteorologists said the temperature and the snow level should rise Wednesday. Expect rainy conditions for the rest of the day and Wednesday night.
Issaquah School District schools operate on a modified schedule Tuesday to prepare for the storm.
In the meantime, motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.
January 10, 2011
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011
Meteorologists reduced the amount of snow in the forecast for Tuesday night, but a brief-but-intense storm could still snarl the afternoon commute.
National Weather Service forecasters said the Issaquah area could receive 3 to 5 inches of snow Tuesday. The snowfall could start Tuesday afternoon, as the mercury drops to freezing. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Residents should prepare for more snowfall Wednesday before 10 a.m. Then, meteorologists said the temperature and the snow level should rise. Expect rainy conditions for the rest of the day and Wednesday night.
Issaquah residents reported minor snowfall Sunday, but the snow showers did not cause any travel problems.
Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.
January 9, 2011
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 2011
Meteorologists urged Western Washington residents to prepare for substantial snowfall from Tuesday night through Thursday.
National Weather Service forecasters said the Issaquah area could receive 2 to 4 inches of snow Tuesday and a similar amount Wednesday.
The snowfall could start Tuesday night, as the mercury drops to 30 degrees. Forecasters said accumulation of about 2 to 4 inches is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
The chance of precipitation increases to 80 percent Wednesday. Meteorologists said accumulation could total 3 to 7 inches Wednesday. The high temperature for the day is expected to reach the mid-30s.