Southeast May Valley Road reopens early

August 20, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Aug. 20, 2015

Southeast May Valley Road reopened to commuters Aug. 19.

The King County Department of Transportation completed work to repair the landslide-damaged road more than a week ahead of schedule.

Workers completely closed a section of road between 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast beginning July 20 while crews removed unstable soil from the site, rebuilt the roadway and installed new guardrails.

A 2014 landslide damaged the road, requiring its partial closure for more than a year before construction began. Temporary signals directed traffic through the area in alternating directions during that time.

Southeast May Valley Road was supposed to be closed until Sept. 1, but King County officially finished repairs and reopened the roadway at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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Over a year after landslide, repairs begin on May Valley Road

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.

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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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May Valley Road traffic will get worse before it gets better

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.”

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Issaquah-Hobart Road paving begins soon

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.

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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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Emergency repairs will close Southeast Preston-Fall City Road from July 8-12

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.


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Snow causes few disruptions for Issaquah residents

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.

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State awards more than $3.5 million for local bridge projects

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.

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Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

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.

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