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.

Truck hits Front Street overpass of Interstate 90

March 13, 2015

UPDATED — 6:02 p.m. March 13, 2015

As of 5:37 p.m., WSDOT says all lanes of eastbound Interstate 90 in Issaquah are scheduled to reopen to traffic by 10 p.m.

As of 4:30 p.m. WSDOT reports that the Front Street and off-ramp lane closures are done for the day. The right lane of eastbound Interstate-90 is still closed, though.

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street at 10 this morning.

The driver of the truck, who was not being identified yet, was taken to a hospital and “thankfully is in stable condition,” said Kevin Kelly, a Recology CleanScapes spokesman.

The company hauls the city’s waste.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A Recology CleanScapes truck was totaled after it hit the overpass of Interstate 90 at Front Street.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A Recology CleanScapes truck was totaled after it hit the overpass of Interstate 90 at Front Street.

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Truck damages Interstate 90 overpass; expect traffic delays

March 13, 2015

NEW — 11:25 a.m. March 13, 2015

WSDOT photo A Recology CleanScapes truck punctured the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street North on Friday.

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A Recology CleanScapes truck punctured the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street North on Friday, causing delays.

Drivers should prepare for delays at Interstate 90 and Front Street North after a truck hit the interstate overpass earlier today, according to a city news release. Read more

State transportation package could ease local highway woes

March 10, 2015

A transportation package passed by the state Senate would allocate $15.1 billion for road projects statewide, including three major projects directly affecting Issaquah and Sammamish.

The area could see roadwork totaling $126 million on portions of Interstate 90. The package passed the Senate on Feb. 27, but still must clear the state House of Representatives.

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Eight-week closure of eastbound I-90 HOV ramp starts Feb. 25

February 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2015

Carpools, vanpools and transit will need to use the mainline exit from eastbound Interstate 90 to Interstate 405 during an eight-week closure of the eastbound I-90 HOV ramp to I-405.

The closure begins at 10 p.m. Feb. 25.

The closure will provide contractor crews from MidMountain Contractors Inc. with the space it needs to realign the HOV ramp. A portion of the work is weather-dependent, and heavy rain or cold temperatures could delay the reopening of the ramp.

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Unforgettable fog

January 20, 2015

By Larry Lusch Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in.

By Larry Lusch
Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in.

It was a sunny January morning on Snoqualmie Ridge — a good day to hike up to the paragliding launch site on Poo Poo Point in Issaquah. Read more

I-90 a focus of talks between Issaquah, Olympia lawmakers

January 13, 2015

Particularly hunting for dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90, city officials made transportation the main topic during a meeting with area state legislators Jan. 5.

A second hot topic was trying to ensure local governments receive their fair share of state dollars, such as in the form of liquor or gas taxes, Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said.

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