Undercrossing construction ends soon

October 26, 2010

Construction continues on the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, or Fourth Avenue Northwest, a north-south link beneath the interstate.

The contractor has paved several phases of the project. Though the new signal at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Fourth Avenue Northwest is operational, the entrance to the Issaquah Post Office off of the undercrossing is not yet available for use, in order to keep the job site safe. In the meantime, drivers must continue to use the driveway just west of the new signal.

The long-planned undercrossing should be completed by next month. The project is designed to reduce traffic on Gilman Boulevard and Front Street North.

Interstate 90 Undercrossing construction progresses

October 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 15, 2010

Construction continues on the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, or Fourth Avenue Northwest, a north-south link beneath the interstate.

The contractor has paved several phases of the project. Though the new signal at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Fourth Avenue Northwest is operational, the entrance to the Issaquah Post Office off of the undercrossing is not yet available for use, in order to keep the job site safe. In the meantime, drivers must continue to use the driveway just west of the new signal.

The long-planned undercrossing should be completed by next month. The project is designed to reduce traffic on Gilman Boulevard and Front Street North.

Undercrossing construction alters access to post office

August 31, 2010

The entry to the Issaquah Post Office from the future Interstate 90 Undercrossing has closed for five weeks as crews build the north-south connector.

The post office can instead be accessed from a new driveway connected to Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

During the closure, crews plan to widen the road and add utilities. Work on lighting and traffic signals should continue as well. Poles for traffic signals could be installed in early September.

On the opposite side of the interstate, Southeast 62nd Street from East Lake Sammamish Parkway to the 600 block of 221st Place Southeast remains closed as crews construct a bridge. Plans call for utilities to be installed next week.

The completed roadway will run from the traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continue along 221st Place Southeast and then end at Southeast 56th Street. Crews should complete the connector by early fall.

Undercrossing construction alters access to post office

August 27, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 27, 2010

The entry to the Issaquah Post Office from the future Interstate 90 Undercrossing has closed for five weeks as crews build the north-south connector.

The post office can instead be accessed from a new driveway connected to Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

During the closure, crews plan to widen the road and add utilities. Work on lighting and traffic signals should continue as well. Poles for traffic signals could be installed as early as next week.

On the opposite side of the interstate, Southeast 62nd Street from East Lake Sammamish Parkway to the 600 block of 221st Place Southeast remains closed as crews construct a bridge. Plans call for utilities to be installed next week.

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Press Editorial

August 17, 2010

Look beyond Issaquah for traffic solutions

Issaquah has waited a long time for definitive transportation improvements. At last, a few are coming.

In the past decade, Issaquah got an Intelligent Transportation System that allowed traffic lights to be synchronized and reader boards to advise drivers of traffic revisions. Two years ago, the great debate over whether to build a southeast connector road from Interstate 90’s Exit 18 at East Sunset Way to Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast was decided.

This summer, two big changes born of that decision will provide real improvements.

Sunset Way at Second Avenue will be widened to allow for a turn lane. Second Avenue Southeast will also get a right-hand turn lane onto Sunset. The changes should significantly improve traffic flow through the intersection, especially in the afternoon, when schools release students for the day. Read more

Plan for roadwork at several spots

August 10, 2010

Sunset Way widening project removes street parking

Crews have started removing street parking along East Sunset Way as part of a project to relieve traffic congestion.

Issaquah city planners required the Issaquah School District to complete the project as part of the $84 million Issaquah High School renovation. The school sits along Second Avenue Southeast.

Work at Sunset Way and Second Avenue started Aug. 9. The district plans to avoid closures during peak commutes. Expect traffic delays at other times.

Plans call for another lane to be added on westbound Sunset Way to create a left-turn lane — plus a combined through and right-turn lane — at the intersection.

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Undercrossing construction prompts road closure

August 10, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 10, 2010

Prepare for a road closure related to Interstate 90 Undercrossing construction.

From Monday until Nov. 1, Southeast 62nd Street closes from East Lake Sammamish Parkway to the 600 block of 221st Place Southeast in order to accommodate construction.

Transportation planners intend for the north-south link to cut traffic on existing Issaquah roads. Plans call for the completed roadway to run from the traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continue along 221st Place Southeast and then end at Southeast 56th Street.

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I-90 Undercrossing expected to be completed by early fall

July 27, 2010

Workers with their earth-moving equipment continue to labor July 26 on the roadway bed for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, which will be named Fourth Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar

City Council members paved the way last week for completion of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a north-south link meant to cut traffic on existing Issaquah roads.

The council adjusted the construction contract between the city and the main undercrossing builder to finish the section along Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast.

The council agreed to spend $530,935 in order for Kirkland-based MidMountain Contractors to complete the last phase. The change brings the undercrossing cost to about $3 million.

Before the July 19 decision, Councilman Joshua Schaer commended city staffers for expediting completion of the undercrossing puzzle.

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Prepare for undercrossing-related lane closures

July 8, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 8, 2010

Plan for overnight construction along Northwest Gilman Boulevard through Friday, as workers limit traffic to a single lane in each direction.

Crews plan to close lanes from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. in order to construct the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a road link between north and south Issaquah.

The city hopes the connector reduces traffic congestion at the I-90 interchanges at Front Street North and state Route 900.

Crews started construction on the initial piece of the undercrossing in May. Construction should wrap by early fall.

Plans call for the completed roadway to run from the traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continue along 221st Place Southeast and then end at Southeast 56th Street.

Learn more about the project here.

City Council OKs undercrossing pact

June 29, 2010

Despite some grumbling from members, the City Council approved a pact June 21 to help complete the Interstate 90 Undercrossing.

The city needed to secure right of way along 221st Place Southeast in order to complete paving and install a traffic signal where the road meets Southeast 62nd Street. The council approved a development agreement with property owners Doug and Linda Ebi for the right of way.

The council initially discussed the agreement June 7, but sent the proposal to committees for additional scrutiny after residents and council members raised environmental concerns about the pact.

Councilwoman Maureen McCarry said future development agreements should not be fashioned in the same way.

“I think that this is something that if we hadn’t had a signed agreement in front of us, we might have asked to look at it more closely,” Councilman Tola Marts said.

Crews started construction on the initial piece of the undercrossing last month. Construction should wrap by early fall.

Plans call for the completed roadway to run from the traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continue along 221st Place Southeast and then end at Southeast 56th Street.

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