PSE is upgrading transmission lines in Talus area

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.

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Issaquah safety traffic study moves forward

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.

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City unveils crosswalks to be examined in safety study

August 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2015

Using several criteria, including public input and accident history, a consultant has come up with a list of more than 20 street crossings to include in a coming safety study of crosswalks around the city.

Mayor Fred Butler called for the study following a fatal June accident at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

To be undertaken by Transportation Solutions Inc., of Redmond, Butler has promised the study will be done by the end of September so that any recommended safety projects can be included in the city’s 2016 budget.

In addition to the consultant study, city staffers are slated to look at crosswalks that may need attention, but perhaps not the in-depth work to be supplied by the consultant. That list has not been released. Read more

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Small crowd hears more details on city’s plans following fatal accident

August 12, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

There is a “likelihood” some changes may take place along Newport Way Northwest prior to 2016, Emily Moon, deputy city administrator, told a dozen or so residents gathered again to discuss safety issues on the street.

Moon was talking to those who came together the evening of Aug. 5 for a meeting of the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee.

Moon was responding to requests from the audience that some safety measures be taken on the street immediately.

In the wake of a fatal accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu in late June, Mayor Fred Butler has promised a study of crosswalks and intersections around the city, including the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive where a driver struck Haochen. He said he would recommend a lowering of the speed limit even prior to the completion of the complete crosswalk study, due at the end of September. Read more

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Residents want answers on major Newport Way housing project

August 9, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 9, 2015

Not surprisingly, traffic was the main concern as the city Development Commission held a hearing Aug. 5 about Gateway, a proposed housing project wedged between Newport Way Northwest and eastbound Interstate 90.

The project site is in the area of the existing Arena Sports building and the Sammamish Pointe condominiums.

Gateway calls for 400 new residential units in 18 separate buildings ranging from two to five stories, with one central common building. Some 30 acres would be affected, although only 21.7 acres of that is suitable for building said Amy Tarce, a senior planner for the city. Read more

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HOAs call public session on fatal accident

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.

Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.

In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.

The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more

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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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