Issaquah Medical Building project receives boost from state

January 25, 2011

The planned Issaquah Medical Building is in line to receive $13.2 million in bonds, Gov. Chris Gregoire and the state Department of Commerce announced Jan. 18.

Plans call for a medical office building spread across 55,000 square feet.

The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold standards. The site for the building is along the just-completed Interstate 90 Undercrossing.

Overall, Gregoire and Department of Commerce leaders announced almost $100 million in bonds to fund economic development, energy conservation and infrastructure projects in King, Cowlitz, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

“These investments are critical to our economic recovery,” Gregoire said in a statement. “They help local communities jump start important projects to improve their infrastructure, while putting people to work — primarily in construction, a sector that has been hit especially hard by the national recession.”

Officials said the projects should create or retain more than 700 jobs.

“Commerce’s mission is to grow and improve jobs in Washington,” Department of Commerce Director Rogers Weed said in the statement. “The 700-plus jobs supported by these projects are desperately needed, and represent another step forward in our state’s economic recovery.”

Issaquah-based SeaCon is building the medical office. The company also completed a piece of the undercrossing to facilitate access to the Issaquah Medical Building.

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 Medical Building project receives boost from state

January 18, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011

The planned Issaquah Medical Building is in line to receive $13.2 million in bonds, Gov. Chris Gregoire and the state Department of Commerce announced Tuesday.

Plans call for a medical office building spread across 55,000 square feet. The building is designed to meet LEED Gold standards. The site for the building is along the just-completed Interstate 90 Undercrossing.

Overall, Gregoire and Department of Commerce leaders announced almost $100 million in bonds to fund economic development, energy conservation and infrastructure projects in King, Cowlitz, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

“These investments are critical to our economic recovery,” Gregoire said in a statement. “They help local communities jump start important projects to improve their infrastructure, while putting people to work — primarily in construction, a sector that has been hit especially hard by the national recession.”

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Issaquah I-90 Undercrossing opens / Jan. 11, 2011

January 13, 2011

Prepare for Interstate 90 Undercrossing closure Tuesday

January 9, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2011

The southern portion of the long-anticipated Interstate 90 Undercrossing closes Tuesday morning as officials gather to cut the ribbon on the road link.

The undercrossing — Fourth Avenue Northwest — closes from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday near Northwest Gilman Boulevard and the Issaquah Post Office. Residents can join Mayor Ava Frisinger and other officials at the ceremony.

Parking for the ceremony is available near the intersection of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Northwest Juniper Street just east of the red caboose, but space is limited.

Crews completed the road link between north and south Issaquah last month.

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Mayor to cut ribbon at undercrossing ceremony

January 4, 2011

Crews completed another road link between north and south Issaquah last month, and residents can join Mayor Ava Frisinger to cut the ribbon on the roadway Jan. 11.

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — Fourth Avenue Northwest — runs from a traffic signal at the Issaquah Post Office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, connects into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station, forms a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continues along 221st Place Southeast and then terminates at Southeast 56th Street. Read more

Issaquah tragedies, triumphs define a tumultuous year

December 28, 2010

Traffic lines up on state Route 900 at Northwest Talus Drive in February. State Department of Transportation crews completed the long-running project in 2010. By Greg Farrar

The economy lurched from the recession, population growth all but stalled and Issaquah — after cutbacks and setbacks in 2009 — defied the odds to reach major milestones throughout 2010.

Momentum returned in 2010 after a year spent in a holding pattern. Set against the backdrop of a fragile recovery, leaders cut the ribbon on businesses and roads, laid the foundation for preservation and construction, and marked tragedies and successes. Read more

Undercrossing opens to link north and south Issaquah

December 21, 2010

Crews completed the Interstate 90 Undercrossing last week and opened the north-south connector to traffic Dec. 16. By Greg Farrar

The link between north and south Issaquah opened to traffic Dec. 16, after years of planning and months of construction.

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — Fourth Avenue Northwest — runs from a traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, connects into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station, forms a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continues along 221st Place Southeast and then terminates at Southeast 56th Street.

Crews experienced a last-minute delay last month, after the installation of bridge safety railings lasted longer than expected. The city planned to open the connector around Dec. 6, but the slowdown prompted planners to update the schedule.

The link supplements traffic-clogged Front Street North and state Route 900, the other connectors between north and south Issaquah. Both older crossings also provide access to the interstate, but the combination of local traffic and vehicles from the on- and off-ramps add to the gridlock.

Because part of the undercrossing is located within the King County East Lake Sammamish Trail Corridor, the link also serves as a multimodal facility.

Pickering Trail also crosses Fourth Avenue Northwest at a signalized crossing, and then connects to the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

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Undercrossing opens to link north and south Issaquah

December 16, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010

The link between north and south Issaquah opened to traffic Thursday, after years of planning and months of construction.

Interstate 90 Undercrossing

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — or Fourth Avenue Northwest — runs from a traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, connects into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station, forms a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continues along 221st Place Southeast and then terminates at Southeast 56th Street.

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Undercrossing opening date changed to December

November 23, 2010

Interstate 90 Undercrossing

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — a road link between north and south Issaquah — is due to open in December, about a month later than planners had estimated.

The delay came when the installation of bridge safety railings lasted longer than expected.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the entire connector could open by the week of Dec. 6 if no construction problems arise. The city planned open Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast — streets closed during construction — Nov. 24. Read more

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