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.
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
Southeast May Valley Road has been down to only one lane near the 22500 block for months, and it may stay like that for a while.
A March downpour led to a landslide and damaged the road, causing pavement to crack and settle, according to the King County Department of Transportation website. For safety reasons, the county closed the road and installed a temporary signal to shift traffic.
“This was kind of an act of God,” King County road engineer Rick Brater said. “After the prolonged rains we got last winter, we start to see these slides happen. We have a lot of roads that are old, and it’s in these areas where we have found unsteady ground.”
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.
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.
July 7, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. July 7, 2013
Southeast Preston Fall-City Road will close for five days, from July 8-12, due to deteriorating road conditions.
Drivers will face a potential 12-mile detour that could take up to 20 minutes, according to the King County Department of Transportation.
Ground water near the roadway has caused the drainage system and edge of the roadway to settle and sink. Crews will replace the damaged drainage system.
This emergency work will require the closure as a culvert is replaced in the 7600 block of Southeast Preston-Fall City Road. Learn more here.
December 25, 2012
Snow crept into forecasts in recent days, but aside from a dusting in higher-elevation neighborhoods and a delay for Issaquah School District students, winter weather did not cause significant disruptions in the area.
In response to slushy conditions on roads and some snowfall overnight, school district administrators delayed the start of school two hours Dec. 18. The day before, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington, Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for snow.
November 29, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 29, 2012
The state Department of Transportation awarded more than $3.5 million to Issaquah and King County to replace aging bridges, officials announced Wednesday.
The projects — a plan to replace the Northwest Dogwood Street bridge in downtown Issaquah and a plan to redo a bridge across 15 Mile Creek at the base of Tiger Mountain — received a portion of $130 million in federal funds to repair or replace aging bridges.
Replacing the Northwest Dogwood Street bridge across Issaquah Creek is a long-held goal among city officials, but a lack of funding prevented the project from proceeding in the past. The city project is in line to receive $2,254,400 in federal funds.
Reconstruction is meant to help reduce flooding by creating more capacity for the creek beneath the replacement bridge. The project could also add safer access for pedestrians — a change from the narrow bridge in place now.
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.
October 9, 2012
Unincorporated King County residents could pay a $20 vehicle license fee next year to shore up road maintenance in rural areas.
King County Executive Dow Constantine recommended the fee in the proposed 2013 budget. The fee is projected to raise $4.5 million to fund road projects in unincorporated areas, such as Klahanie, May Valley and Preston in the Issaquah area.
The alternative could mean reduced maintenance to correct problems, such as potholes, and a slower response during snow and ice storms.
Still, county leaders need about $50 million to $65 million per year to maintain the 1,500-mile road network in unincorporated King County.
“The fee won’t be enough, not by a long shot. But it’s the only remaining authority left to counties by the Legislature,” Constantine said in a Sept. 24 budget address to the King County Council. “The system for funding local transportation in Washington state is broken. Everybody knows it. We have a 1930s revenue system to fund 21st century transportation needs.”