State Route 18 will be closed near Tiger Mountain this weekend

August 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Drivers who use state Route 18 near Tiger Mountain State Forest should prepare for full closures and detours from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close both directions of SR 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Interstate 90 for paving, guardrail and tree removal work.

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Over a year after landslide, repairs begin on May Valley Road

July 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2015

After over a year of being reduced to just one lane, Southeast May Valley Road will be closed to all traffic beginning July 20.

The King County Department of Transportation will repair damage done to the road by a landslide in March 2014. The road is expected to stay closed for approximately six weeks.

The affected section of road runs between 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast. May Valley Road traffic is being detoured onto Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.

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Daily lane closures on Issaquah-Hobart Road start Monday morning

February 8, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2015

Two lanes on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily starting Monday, Feb. 9.

The lane closure will be between Southeast 132nd Way and Southeast 104th Street at the southern city limits of Issaquah and last the week, with the possibility of work wrapping up early. Flaggers will alternate traffic, and traffic will move slowly and cause travel delays.

The lane restrictions are needed for a contractor to complete guardrail work. Travelers are advised to drive slowly, pay attention to signs and flaggers, and exercise caution in work zones.

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Work is continuing this week on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast safety project

October 7, 2014

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Oct. 7, 2014

A recent King County safety project to add a turn lane and merge area on Issaquah-Hobart Road at the Tiger Mountain trailhead resumed work last week with crews planting and spreading seeds on the sides of the road.

Contractor crewmembers will work from the shoulder near moving vehicles at times on workdays and are expected to be there through this week.

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Issaquah-Hobart Road paving begins soon

May 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 26, 2014

Roadwork on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast has caused traffic snarls as the county prepares to repave a section of the two-lane road.

For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving in June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website. The county restricted to the road to one lane.

Travelers should expect delays and use caution. King County Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Switzer said the schedule for the repaving will depend on weather and progress, but should begin in June.

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Planners steer more than $3 million to local road projects

January 15, 2013

Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — after planners approved a regional transportation program.

Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau.

The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.

Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.

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Fire destroys home, kills pets

January 8, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters survey the scene to check for any running utilities or hotspots Jan. 7, the day after a home at 24415 S.E. 156th St. was destroyed in a fire. By Greg Farrar

Fire destroyed a home in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah on Jan. 6, and the blaze claimed the homeowner’s pets.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety crews responded to a structure fire in the 24000 block of Southeast 156th Street, between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Cedar Grove Road Southeast, and about six miles south of downtown Issaquah.

The initial 911 call reached dispatchers at 1:03 p.m. and crews arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later.

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City purchases creekside land to protect salmon habitat

January 8, 2013

City leaders agreed to spend $380,000 last month to purchase 3.9 acres along Issaquah Creek and connect municipal parks.

The parcel, the Stacy-Flewell property at 10029 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., is between Squak Valley Park and Squak Valley Park North. The acquisition should protect the habitat along the creek and enable the city to extend creek restoration work at Squak Valley Park North.

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

November 27, 2012

The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.

Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.

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