September 30, 2015
NEW — 4:46 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
He is 4 years old, in red, white and black striped shirt, pale blue jeans and metallic blue tennis shoes, spinning, jumping, crouching, leaping and singing a song in exuberance at a Costco store.
Haochen Xu will be dancing in my iPhone forever.
How did that come to be there? On Monday, June 30, we learned in the newsroom that the boy hit in the Oakcrest Drive crosswalk on Newport Way had died of his injuries, and on a very busy production day the only person with time to return to the neighborhood for following up on the Xu family’s tragedy was me. Read more
September 22, 2015
NEW — 5:14 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
Hoping to gain more information, the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee put the brakes on lowering speed limits on four streets despite a recommendation by the city administration.
On Sept. 8, the full council voted to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph. At the same time, it agreed to an administration proposal to study speed limits on portions of three additional streets. At a recent committee meeting, the administration added one more, the loop consisting of Northwest Stoney Creek Drive and Northwest Harmony Way.
The speed limit proposals follow the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu, who was struck by a car while attempting to cross the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive with his mother June 26. He died the next day.
September 22, 2015
September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:43 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
We want to applaud our Issaquah City Council members for lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest.
The new speed limit, 30 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange, goes into effect Sept. 22.
We also want to congratulate those council members and other city officials who took the time to drive the street, calculating times and speeds, doing their own research rather than relying solely on traffic studies, calculations and recommendations.
But before anyone pats themselves on the backs much, we ask that everyone take a moment to remember the reason for this change — 4 1/2-year-old Haochen Xu, who was hit in the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26 while walking with his mother. He died from his injuries the next day. Read more
September 9, 2015
NEW — 4:59 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Musicians enjoy intimate setting of Open Mic Night
Issaquah Open Mic is a terrific venue! I have been part of the “administrative team” for a couple of years, and the dedication and perseverance of the founding members is awesome — and very much appreciated.
Rick Young on the sound set does a superb job, and Lee Haro assists and supports the event. We have people of all ages and musical ability perform — and some of them have gone on to perform at other places and get to be well known.
A fabulous venue — and I personally thank the Train Depot Museum personnel for allowing us to enjoy an evening of music fellowship!
violinist/fiddler Read more
September 9, 2015
NEW — 12:18 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Following the recommendation of the city administration, the Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 8 to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange.
The new speed limit takes effect Sept. 22, council clerk Tina Eggers said.
Prior to the 6-1 council vote, residents mostly praised the council and the city administration for considering lowering the limit. But some of that praise was tempered.
Resident Joe Verner said it took the death of a child who was crossing the street with his mother to get the city’s attention.
“Let that sink in for a minute,” Verner added.
Administration recommends lowering Newport Way Northwest limit to 30 mph, wants lower limits on three other streets
September 4, 2015
NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015
City administration seems ready to recommend lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest from 40 mph to 30 mph between state Route 900 to the Lakemont interchange.
City officials have been analyzing Newport Way west of SR 900, as new development will soon change that corridor’s conditions and likely necessitate a lower speed limit, according to a city press release.
Newport Way Northwest has gotten plenty of attention, much of it negative, following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu in a late June traffic accident near the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Residents and activists have been vocally pushing for a lower speed limit on the street, mostly hoping for 25 mph.
September 3, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015
As of mid-last week, 73 people had signed an electronic petition asking Issaquah to postpone any further development on Newport Way Northwest until completion of a traffic corridor study on the street as well as the implementation of any recommendations resulting from that study.
“There are five projects in the works for Newport Way west of state Route 900,” said Joe Verner, secretary of the Summerhill Subdivision Homeowners Association board.
Summerhill is one of the homeowners associations sponsoring the petition.
August 29, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015
Puget Sound Energy will start work soon on Cougar Mountain electrical lines from Talus to the corner of Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.
Crews will install new distribution wires and upgrade the existing transmission system. The work is meant to improve the reliability of the electric service and reduce the risk of power outages in the area.
August 24, 2015
NEW — Noon Aug. 24, 2015
Already underway and involving more than 20 crosswalks and intersections around Issaquah, the city’s promised and highly publicized traffic safety study will look at any number of factors, from average car speeds to the crosswalk “treatments” already in place.
At the same time, city staffers will look at numerous additional crossings around the city, said Autumn Monahan, assistant to the city administrator.
“Each of the corridors we’ll be looking at has a different character,” said David Markley, founding principal of consultant Transportation Solutions Inc.
Mayor Fred Butler authorized the safety study following a fatal June accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.