March 3, 2015
If you have driven May Valley Road anytime in the past year, you likely noticed the road is reduced to one lane between roughly 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast.
At the same time, you also may have noticed that while the south side of the road is blocked from traffic, there has been absolutely no sign of any construction work. Automated, solar-powered traffic signals allow vehicles to travel the effected stretch of road in alternating directions.
King County closed the south side of the road following a landslide that damaged that road in early 2014, said Rochelle Ogershok, a spokeswoman for the King County Road Services Division.
March 3, 2015
Not having any money is the real issue
Ken Sessler has once again profounded about traffic and the Southeast Bypass. Ken, tell us something we don’t know about traffic in Issaquah.
The dearth of good north/south routes on the Eastside is historic in nature and if only we had a time machine to travel back in time to solve that problem back then, whenever “then” was.
September 23, 2014
Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.
When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.
Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.
September 23, 2014
Can you share your secrets with us?
I was excited to read in The Press that adding 344 units on Gilman Boulevard won’t impact traffic. If someone has a secret way of doing this, could you please share it with we who have to use Issaquah-Hobart Road?
August 12, 2014
After a spring and early summer of traffic snarls along Issaquah-Hobart Road, King County has finished construction.
For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving, which happened throughout June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website.
The county restricted the road to one lane and it caused a few backups, but county Department of Transportation Spokesman Jeff Switzer said the paving was overdue.
July 29, 2014
Please don’t feed the bears, ever
“A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.
They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.
We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.
July 22, 2014
A 304-pound black bear near Issaquah-Hobart Road peers out of the large trap where he sits in a pile of straw behind bars. He pops his jaw, sways back and forth, and then explosively charges with wild fervor. He’s following his instincts for finding food.
The large bruin and at least five other bears have been repeatedly coming to a residence near Issaquah, where, for the past 13 years, the occupant has been feeding them 5-gallon buckets full of bird seed in her backyard, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Jason Capelli said.
November 19, 2013
NEW — 11:33 a.m. Nov. 19, 2013
Two drivers received nonlife-threatening injuries as a large dump truck collided into the side of a minivan Nov. 19 on Issaquah-Hobart Road.
Savannah Laseter, the 23-year-old driver of the commercial dump truck, reportedly experienced brake failure on state Route 18, so took the Issaquah-Hobart Road exit. There, Laseter hit 46-year-old Martin Palmas-Ortega’s Dodge Caravan. Both vehicles went through a guardrail, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.
“It appears to be mechanical,” Webb said. “Amazingly, there were no life-threatening injuries.”
November 12, 2013
A car collision took the life of a 90-year-old Issaquah resident Nov. 6.
John Bradley died in the crash on Issaquah-Hobart Road, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Public Information Officer Cindi West said Bradley’s car collided with a large dump truck at about 2:48 p.m. and he died at the scene. She said it appeared one of the vehicles might have crossed the center line.
August 20, 2013
Only a handful of roads are on the county’s summer paving program, including Southeast May Valley Road and Issaquah-Hobart Road.
In late September, depending on the weather, 3.41 miles on Southeast May Valley Road, from state Route 900 to 229th Drive Southeast, is planned to be paved.
In 2014, 1.56 miles of Issaquah-Hobart Road, from the Issaquah city limits to Southeast 132nd Way will be paved, with preparation and paving occurring at night.