Regional Traffic Buster project proceeds

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.

State links Issaquah traffic cameras into regional network

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.

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City plans to count vehicles using Interstate 90 Undercrossing

January 18, 2011

Mayor Ava Frisinger (right) addresses city staffers at the opening ceremony for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing on Jan. 11. By Greg Farrar

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

Issaquah schools delay Wednesday start time

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.

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City unveils real-time traffic cameras

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

Issaquah braces for Tuesday afternoon snowstorm

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.

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Snowfall could snarl Tuesday afternoon commute

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.

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Residents urged to prepare for major snowstorm

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.

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Forecast calls for snow — and more snow — in days ahead

January 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Some snowflakes could fall in Issaquah on Saturday night and Sunday, but the region could be digging out from under heavy snowfall by the middle of next week.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle said daytime rain could turn to snow throughout the day and overnight Saturday, as the mercury falls to the low 30s and the snow level drops to 500 feet in Issaquah. Snow accumulation of about 1 inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Meteorologists said Sunday brings a 50 percent chance of snow showers in Issaquah. Accumulation of about 1 inch is possible.

The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for East King County through 4 a.m. Sunday.

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Icy conditions could create road hazards during commute

December 30, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2010

Motorists should prepare for icy roads and hazardous conditions during the Thursday morning commute.

East King County is most likely to experience hazardous road conditions, after  temperatures dropped to freezing levels early Tuesday evening. Many roads remained wet from snowfall earlier in the day.

Conditions should improve later in the day as the mercury climbs to 40 after a night of below-freezing temperatures. Forecasters said Thursday and Thursday night should be clear and dry.

Issaquah and King County crews readied late Tuesday afternoon to toil through the night to keep roads clear.

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