Rainier Boulevard work is ahead of schedule, behind frustration

September 2, 2014

Closing Rainier Boulevard North for the summer should leave lasting improvements but has created some hard feelings.

The city closed the road to through traffic June 9 from Northwest Juniper Street to east fork of Issaquah Creek to perform a number of upgrades to the heavily trafficked route.

The new street will have two vehicle lanes, parking, a sidewalk and multi-use trail, underground utilities, landscaping and decorative street lights It will remain closed until Oct. 1 at the latest.

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City to install flashing yellow turn signals at troubled intersections

June 3, 2014

Flashing yellow turn signals will come to seven intersections by November.

In the interest of addressing some traffic problems in Issaquah, city leaders have looked into solving large-scale snarls and smaller hiccups. The city aims to affect particular hotspots where traffic is slowed unnecessarily.

The city will install the lights at the following intersections:

  • Front Street and Sunset Way (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)
  • East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 51st Street (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)

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Lobbyist update finds silver lining in legislative clouds

May 13, 2014

Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.

He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.

“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”

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Food bank adds hours, services as needs grow

April 22, 2014

As need grows, so does the effort to help.

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank announced an extension of its food and clothing bank service hours in April. It will now remain open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening in an attempt to serve the growing community who relies on the bank’s services.

“Our numbers have grown substantially from 2012 to 2013,” Executive Director Cori Walters said. “We’ve seen a 23 percent increase from our food customers, and that doesn’t include our clothing banks.”

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides free food, clothing and related services to individuals and families in need.

The growth affected how well the bank could provide its services.

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Lack of revenue may lead to loss of bus routes

December 3, 2013

Issaquah’s free bus could be on the chopping block

Without funding, King County Metro Transit could leave Issaquah with only five bus routes next year.

As temporary funding expires in 2014, Metro Transit has reacted by exploring possible cuts to services. A state Legislature special session to pass a transportation package might still happen, but the regional agency is planning ahead for the worst.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the great recession, we’ve lost a considerable amount of the tax revenue that we use to operate our system every day,” Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a video on Metro’s website. “We’ve raised your fare, we’ve spent cash, we’ve improved the efficiency of the system. But we’re running out of the cash reserves and one-time revenue to keep service on the road.”

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