Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue closes volunteer fire station

April 28, 2015

Resident David Johnson said the area around his home on 182nd Avenue Southeast already was plagued by some of the slowest emergency response times in the city.

And that was before Eastside Fire & Rescue closed Station 75, a small all-volunteer station at 4225 180th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, which had served the area of Interstate 90 and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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State says damaged girder on I-90 overpass needs replacing

April 21, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided a damaged girder on the bridge will need to be replaced, according to information from the city and the state.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck struck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The lift punched a large hole in one of the bridge’s girders.

“By our estimate, it’ll cost $1.2 million to replace the damaged girder,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “We’ll get started on construction later this year.”

By Kathleen R. Merrill Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

Westbound Interstate 90 traffic detoured April 17-20

April 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2015

Beginning at 11 p.m. April 17, the crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will reroute all westbound lanes of Interstate 90 to the express lanes between Bellevue Way Southeast and Rainier Avenue South until 5 a.m. April 20.

That will allow contractor crews to continue upgrades to the operations and safety systems in the westbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels.

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Suspect drives stolen vehicle to Washington State Patrol office

March 19, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. March 19, 2015

Washington State Patrol detectives say it’s the easiest auto theft arrest they’d ever had.

An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he’d seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, saw the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area on Wednesday, according to a WSP news release.

The motorist got video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and used his cellular phone to report his observations, and then continued following it along Interstate 90 between Issaquah and Bellevue.

The vehicle exited I-90 and drove into the Washington State Patrol district office parking lot in Bellevue, where troopers arrested the driver for auto theft at about 3 p.m.

Contributed Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Truck punches hole in I-90/Front Street overpass girder

March 17, 2015

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street North on March 13.

The company hauls trash in parts of Issaquah.

The lift that slides a trash bin off the truck was in the up position, and it tore a large hole in the bridge girders. Crumbled concrete was strewn about and a large hole was gouged in the pavement from the overhead force that stopped the truck.

That force was so great that it bent the cab of the truck all the way forward and it slammed into the pavement.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

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Teen seriously injured in Highlands Drive accident

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. March 15, 2015

A teenage driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident along Highlands Drive Northeast at about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah.

The 16-year-old girl, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed along Highlands Drive between Northeast Discovery Drive and Interstate 90.

She lost control of the vehicle, crossed all opposite traffic lanes and went over a guardrail into a wooded area below the roadway.

The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Issaquah police are on the scene investigating the accident with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, the release said. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Drivers should prepare for possible delays. As the investigation continues, only one lane of northbound Highlands Drive is open. All southbound lanes are open.

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