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.
December 23, 2014
At 10:37 a.m. March 22, one of the largest landslides in the history of the state happened between the towns of Arlington and Darrington and became generally known as the SR 530, or Oso, landslide.
The slide killed 43 people, destroyed more than 40 homes and other structures, and grabbed national attention.
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 10, 2014
NEW — 2:17 p.m. May 10, 2014
King County Sheriff ordered an emergency closure on a stretch of Cedar River after a landslide May 10.
No injuries and only minor property damage were reported, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department. No homes have been evacuated.
Sergeant DB Gates said the landslide was 200 to 250-feet across.
The closure is from the State Route 169 to the Maxwell Road at the Maple Valley Highway and is effective until further notice.
April 8, 2014
After the devastating Oso mudslide March 22, long-held fears arose in Issaquah.
“It’s scary,” resident Philip Cherian said about the large hill steeply rising over Southeast Black Nugget Road, blocked from the roadway, Home Depot and Fred Meyer by a wall. “We live in the area and drive by there, and you can see water seeping through.”
Rapid earth movement at that site, and at others around town, has long been a concern for the city. Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said the city has remained vigilant over the Southeast Black Nugget Road site, performing studies on the private property.