Editorial — Traffic mess needs a good solution, now

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.

That’s ridiculous.

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To the Editor

September 23, 2014

Traffic

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?

Cydne Papworth

Issaquah

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Issaquah-Hobart Road construction finished for now

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.

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EDITORIAL

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.

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Not feeding bears will help animals survive

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.

By Tami Asars Recording measurements on a tranquilized black bear are (from left) Lindsay Welfelt, WSU master student/bear researcher, Brian Kertson, wildlife research scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Jason Capelli, a Fish and Wildlife officer.

By Tami Asars
Recording measurements on a tranquilized black bear are (from left) Lindsay Welfelt, WSU master student/bear researcher, Brian Kertson, wildlife research scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Jason Capelli, a Fish and Wildlife officer.

 

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Dump truck sideswipes minivan on Issaquah-Hobart Road

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.”

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Man dies in crash on Issaquah-Hobart Road

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.

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King County plans to repave two local roads

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.

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