Issaquah mayor says Newport Way Northwest speed limit may drop in September

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. July 28, 2015

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said when the City Council ends its summer recess in September, he will recommend the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest be lowered.

Although people at the meeting suggested the limit be 25, Butler didn’t mention a specific speed limit for the change. He said the move would come prior to completion of a crosswalk safety study being launched by the city.

The announcement drew applause from some of the 60 or so residents jammed into Tibbetts Creek Manor on July 27 for a public meeting on pedestrian safety.

The session was organized by the city following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu after the boy was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. He died the next day.

By Tom Corrigan During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

By Tom Corrigan
During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

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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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Fatal accident brings out emotions at crowded City Council session

July 16, 2015

Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.

“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.

She was just one of about 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site — the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Council President Paul Winterstein draws two challengers in primary

July 16, 2015

For City Council Position 6, voters will have a choice of retaining incumbent Council President Paul Winterstein or choosing between two political newcomers. A third resident filed for the race, but later withdrew.

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Editorial — City needs to do the right thing regarding crosswalk

July 16, 2015

First, two dogs were killed. They were on leashes, being walked by their owner in a crosswalk.

But someone blew through the crosswalk three years ago and killed the dogs, traumatizing the man who loved them.

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Angry, emotional residents ask Issaquah City Council to do something about area where boy was killed

July 6, 2015

NEW – 11:25 p.m. July 6, 2015

Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.

“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.

She was just one of nearly 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site – the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive

Haochen died June 27 at Harborview Medical Center, the day after a car struck him as he and his mother Xiaoli Tao tried to cross Newport Way Northwest.

Angry and emotional neighbors and residents jammed the council meeting chambers, demanding something be done to make Newport Way a safer street.

By Greg Farrar Most in an audience of 50 people at the Issaquah City Council’s July 6 meeting attended in response to the July 27 death of Haochen Xu after he was hit in a Newport Way Northwest crosswalk the day before. More than a dozen spoke at the lectern during the audience comment portion.

By Greg Farrar
Most in an audience of 50 people at the Issaquah City Council’s July 6 meeting attended in response to the July 27 death of Haochen Xu after he was hit in a Newport Way Northwest crosswalk the day before. More than a dozen spoke at the lectern during the audience comment portion.

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To the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Dangerous crossing

When will the city do something to really fix the problem?

Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Child hit in crosswalk dies of injuries

July 1, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. July 1, 2015

Accident was inevitable, neighbors say

Haochen Xu was just 4 ½ years old. The precocious Issaquah Kindercare student loved to read, and could add and subtract pairs of numbers up to 100.

He had a bright future, his parents said. But that future was cut short June 26 when a car struck him in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died from his injuries the next day. The family said the funeral is tentatively set for July 11.

Contributed Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Young boy struck by car dies

June 29, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2015

A 4-year-old boy struck by a car June 26 in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center, according to Issaquah police.

The boy’s mother, who was crossing with him at the time, was not injured.

According to Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad, there was no indication the driver of the vehicle was speeding.

“For some reason, the driver just failed to see them,” Conrad said.

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