July 2, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 26, 2015
UPDATED — 6:11 p.m. June 26, 2015
For residents of Northwest Oakcrest Drive, the inevitable happened.
A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive at about 11:30 a.m. today as the boy and his mother crossed westbound Newport Way. The boy was walking a few steps ahead of his mother, who was pushing his bike behind him. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The boy is currently in critical condition in intensive care, according to a Harborview spokeswoman.
The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old Klahanie woman, stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol involved.
About 45 minutes after the accident, a woman later identified as the boy’s grandmother came upon the scene, shocked by what she saw. Immediately recognizing the boy’s bike, still in the crosswalk, and his shoes nearby, she began to wail in grief, not knowing the fate of her grandson.
June 26, 2015
NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 26, 2015
A 5-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive about an hour ago.
The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the child stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police, the city said on Twitter.
Newport Way Northwest is closed in both directions from state Route 900 to Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The city asks that people use alternate routes, if possible.
No further information about this morning’s accident was available.
Three years ago, two dogs were hit and killed in the same crosswalk.
June 10, 2015
The city of Issaquah is adding flashing yellow left-turn arrow traffic signals at intersections throughout Issaquah.
June 3, 2015
As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.
The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.
January 27, 2015
Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.
For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees. While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.
The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.
All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more
December 9, 2014
Package would include 500 percent increase in impact fees
Looking to accommodate expected residential and retail growth without creating gridlock on city streets, Issaquah’s administration has come up with a $300 million transportation plan that could accommodate up to an additional 8,000 car trips on local streets per day.
But to help pay for all the needed road improvements, administration officials have proposed a 500 percent hike in the traffic impact fees developers pay.
For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were adopted, that figure jumps to $8,600.
The impact fees would not cover the entire cost of the plan, which includes $250 million for roadwork and an additional $50 million for bike paths and pedestrian accommodations, city consultant Randy Young said in an interview.
Young said the city would need to fund the remainder at a cost of approximately $165 million for roadwork and roughly $26 million for bike and pedestrian pathways.