Contentious Interstate 90 pedestrian bridge to open Friday

June 30, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. June 30, 2011

The pedestrian bridge at Interstate 90 and state Route 900 is due to open Friday, months after the expected completed date.

Delays related to the bridge pilings and inclement weather slowed construction on the $6.2 million project. The connector separates bicyclists and pedestrians from the busy roadway. The structure includes a 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the westbound interstate on-ramp and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian crossing on the state Route 900 overpass.

The city contributed $354,000 to the connector. Federal and Sound Transit dollars covered the remainder.

The bridge is due to open by late Friday, after more than a decade of planning and sometimes-contentious discussions among city officials, transit advocates and trails enthusiasts.

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Striping starts as connector nears completion

June 21, 2011

Motorists should prepare for ramp closures as crews stripe lanes along state Route 900.

The striping comes as construction nears completion on a pedestrian connector along busy state Route 900 and the westbound Interstate 90 on-ramp. The connector could open to pedestrians and bicyclists by late June.

Starting June 20, contractors started painting the bridges and paving the trail from 12th Avenue Northwest.

The painting requires the interstate on-ramp to be closed during the evening. The contractor plans to post detours for motorists.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue station showcases ‘green’ innovations

June 14, 2011

City Council authorizes $47,000 art piece for building

Construction is almost complete on Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 — a showcase for “green” innovations adjacent to the Issaquah Transit Center — and firefighters should start settling into the sleek structure in August.

Workmen perform a job June 9 before pouring the concrete driveway in front of Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 on Northwest Maple Street a block east of state Route 900. By Greg Farrar

The facility is designed to replace the aging Station 72 less than a mile down Northwest Maple Street from the construction site. The city, architect and EFR designed the modern Station 72 to use as little energy and water as possible.

The building includes a system to pump heat from the ground, photovoltaic cells to catch sunlight and triple-paned windows to reduce heat loss — enough features to achieve the toughest standards from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Sound Transit changes schedule on Issaquah route

June 11, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011

Sound Transit has changed service on numerous ST Express routes, including Route 554 from Issaquah to Seattle. The agency reduced midday weekday service from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes, and discontinued some weekend trips.

The agency said the change is meant to match ridership on the route.

The systemwide changes aim to improve service on high-demand routes, as well as overcrowding on some routes. The changes also eliminate routes experiencing reduced ridership and duplicating services by other agencies.

In addition, Sound Transit is extending call center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, starting June 13. Call 1-800-889-6368.

Sound Transit offers Issaquah bicycle lockers

March 8, 2011

Sound Transit offers bicycle lockers to riders at many locations, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The lockers tend to be popular, so the mass transit agency urges riders to call 888-889-6368 toll free to learn more about locker availability. Bicycle storage is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at transit centers.

Sound Transit offers lockers for a $50 nonrefundable annual rental fee and a one-time $50 refundable key deposit.

Once riders check locker availability, they can download and complete a copy of the Sound Transit Bicycle Locker User Agreement at the agency website, www.soundtransit.org. Then, mail the completed form to Sound Transit, Attn: Customer Service, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104-2826.

Uncover the dark side of Issaquah

February 15, 2011

Vehicles streak through the darkness in downtown Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

The tree-lined suburb of today evolved from a frontier town of sinister secrets

Welcome to Issaquah!

On your left, you’ll see the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In!

On your right, you’ll find the Village Theatre!

Oh look, over there is the beloved Issaquah Salmon Hatchery!

A typical tour of town might go something like that, detailing the proud past of a historic city.

What about the strange, seedy and sinister history of this former frontier town? What about the ominous undertones? Not many tours take you down the alleys of the city or expose what had been its underbelly.

But this one does, and it will tell you about some of the most notable incidents that occurred here in the decades after white settlers arrived in the 1850s. Murders. Bombings. Fires. Explosions. Abductions. Plus, plenty of other mayhem.

Get in your DeLorean and prepare to tickle your morbid curiosity, because we’re headed straight to the past and into the dark side of Issaquah.

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Mayor predicts ‘momentous year’ in State of the City speech

February 15, 2011

City is poised to complete long-term projects in coming months

Mayor Ava Frisinger offered a bold prediction for the year in the State of the City address last week.

“2011 will undoubtedly be a momentous year for Issaquah — one that will not only reinforce the importance of our day-to-day business, but will also celebrate our larger accomplishments,” she said during the Feb. 7 address.

The can-do speech highlighted projects scheduled for completion in the months ahead, including the city-coordinated zHome townhouses and a landmark effort to outline redevelopment in the 915-acre business district.

“2010 sets high expectations for this year, and I am confident that we can meet them,” Frisinger said. “Our list of goals for 2011 is extremely impressive and yet very feasible.”

The annual address — like the spring City Council goal-setting session and the autumn budget announcement — helps city leaders outline priorities for the public.

Frisinger used the speech to shine a spotlight on long-term efforts on track to mark milestones.

The city is poised to complete the long-running effort to preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain soon.

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Mayor highlights accomplishments in State of the City address

February 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 8, 2011

Mayor Ava Frisinger offered a bold prediction for the months ahead in the State of the City address Monday night.

“2011 will undoubtedly be a momentous year for Issaquah — one that will not only reinforce the importance of our day-to-day business, but will also celebrate our larger accomplishments, ” she said.

The can-do speech highlighted projects scheduled for completion in the months ahead, including the city-coordinated zHome townhouses and a landmark effort to outline redevelopment in the 915-acre business district.

Frisinger used the annual address to shine a spotlight on other long-term efforts.

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Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon

January 11, 2011

Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions. Read more

Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon

January 8, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions.

The enforcement emphasis starts Jan. 15. Sound Transit plans to seek out vehicles parked in transit center lots for more than 24 hours, parked in handicap spaces illegally, parked in more than a single space, and parked to block other vehicles and pedestrian pathways.

Sound Transit provides a weeklong grace period for transit lot users from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22. Owners will receive warning notices for breaking the guidelines during the grace period. Vehicles found to be in violation of the rules could be immediately towed after Jan. 23.

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