Signal comes online along Interstate 90 Undercrossing

January 24, 2012

Crews installed a traffic signal to facilitate access to the almost-completed Issaquah Medical Building.

The complex, 1301 Fourth Ave. N.W., is along the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. The building is due to open to the public next month.

Pedestrians using the Pickering Trail can use a button to activate the signal for safer crossings.

The undercrossing is a north-south road linking Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Officials opened the connector to traffic in late 2010.

Issaquah Medical Building project receives boost from state

January 25, 2011

The planned Issaquah Medical Building is in line to receive $13.2 million in bonds, Gov. Chris Gregoire and the state Department of Commerce announced Jan. 18.

Plans call for a medical office building spread across 55,000 square feet.

The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold standards. The site for the building is along the just-completed Interstate 90 Undercrossing.

Overall, Gregoire and Department of Commerce leaders announced almost $100 million in bonds to fund economic development, energy conservation and infrastructure projects in King, Cowlitz, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

“These investments are critical to our economic recovery,” Gregoire said in a statement. “They help local communities jump start important projects to improve their infrastructure, while putting people to work — primarily in construction, a sector that has been hit especially hard by the national recession.”

Officials said the projects should create or retain more than 700 jobs.

“Commerce’s mission is to grow and improve jobs in Washington,” Department of Commerce Director Rogers Weed said in the statement. “The 700-plus jobs supported by these projects are desperately needed, and represent another step forward in our state’s economic recovery.”

Issaquah-based SeaCon is building the medical office. The company also completed a piece of the undercrossing to facilitate access to the Issaquah Medical Building.

Issaquah Medical Building project receives boost from state

January 18, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011

The planned Issaquah Medical Building is in line to receive $13.2 million in bonds, Gov. Chris Gregoire and the state Department of Commerce announced Tuesday.

Plans call for a medical office building spread across 55,000 square feet. The building is designed to meet LEED Gold standards. The site for the building is along the just-completed Interstate 90 Undercrossing.

Overall, Gregoire and Department of Commerce leaders announced almost $100 million in bonds to fund economic development, energy conservation and infrastructure projects in King, Cowlitz, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

“These investments are critical to our economic recovery,” Gregoire said in a statement. “They help local communities jump start important projects to improve their infrastructure, while putting people to work — primarily in construction, a sector that has been hit especially hard by the national recession.”

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Undercrossing opens to link north and south Issaquah

December 21, 2010

Crews completed the Interstate 90 Undercrossing last week and opened the north-south connector to traffic Dec. 16. By Greg Farrar

The link between north and south Issaquah opened to traffic Dec. 16, after years of planning and months of construction.

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — Fourth Avenue Northwest — runs from a traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, connects into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station, forms a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continues along 221st Place Southeast and then terminates at Southeast 56th Street.

Crews experienced a last-minute delay last month, after the installation of bridge safety railings lasted longer than expected. The city planned to open the connector around Dec. 6, but the slowdown prompted planners to update the schedule.

The link supplements traffic-clogged Front Street North and state Route 900, the other connectors between north and south Issaquah. Both older crossings also provide access to the interstate, but the combination of local traffic and vehicles from the on- and off-ramps add to the gridlock.

Because part of the undercrossing is located within the King County East Lake Sammamish Trail Corridor, the link also serves as a multimodal facility.

Pickering Trail also crosses Fourth Avenue Northwest at a signalized crossing, and then connects to the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

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Undercrossing opening date changed to December

November 23, 2010

Interstate 90 Undercrossing

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — a road link between north and south Issaquah — is due to open in December, about a month later than planners had estimated.

The delay came when the installation of bridge safety railings lasted longer than expected.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the entire connector could open by the week of Dec. 6 if no construction problems arise. The city planned open Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast — streets closed during construction — Nov. 24. Read more

I-90 Undercrossing expected to be completed by early fall

July 27, 2010

Workers with their earth-moving equipment continue to labor July 26 on the roadway bed for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, which will be named Fourth Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar

City Council members paved the way last week for completion of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a north-south link meant to cut traffic on existing Issaquah roads.

The council adjusted the construction contract between the city and the main undercrossing builder to finish the section along Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast.

The council agreed to spend $530,935 in order for Kirkland-based MidMountain Contractors to complete the last phase. The change brings the undercrossing cost to about $3 million.

Before the July 19 decision, Councilman Joshua Schaer commended city staffers for expediting completion of the undercrossing puzzle.

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Council approves key I-90 Undercrossing pact

August 25, 2009

After business leaders and residents voiced support for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, the City Council set aside environmental concerns and voted Aug. 17 to approve a pact crucial to the development of the roadway. Read more

Development commissioners weigh medical building, Station 72 proposals

July 2, 2009

NEW — 12:23 p.m. July 2, 2009

City development commissioners raised questions Wednesday night about a pair of high-profile projects — a medical building along Interstate 90 and Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72.

Before developers can begin work on the proposed medical building, designers must soften the “fortresslike” facade and ensure easy access to the site, city development commissioners said.

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