Construction concludes on redo to bike and pedestrian upgrades

November 23, 2010

The city has opened upgraded bike lanes and a pedestrian trail along Newport Way Northwest — again.

Crews completed the initial upgrade about a year ago and city leaders gathered on a rain-slicked afternoon in October 2009 to open the trail from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the Issaquah city line.

The project ended up before the City Council months later, after drivers attempted to use the upgraded shoulder as another traffic lane.

So, after much debate, the council decided to redo the project. Crews completed the overhaul in early November. The project added bike lanes in both directions, plus a pedestrian path separated by curbs from the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest. Read more

Plan for road closures near Issaquah Valley Elementary

November 23, 2010

Issaquah Valley Elementary School employees and parents should prepare for road construction soon.

The city plans to expand and upgrade Northwest Holly Street in the months ahead to create a more efficient bus loop and add pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, more parking spaces and a drop-off loop linked to Newport Way Northwest.

The start date for the project has not been announced. Principal Diane Holt plans to notify parents before construction starts. The project should take about three months to complete.

Northwest Holly Street is to be reduced to a single lane or closed during construction, so parking is not allowed along the street during the project.

In a message to parents, Holt encouraged parents to carpool and students to ride a school bus in order to reduce traffic during construction.

The effort is part of Complete Streets, a city program to upgrade transportation corridors for drivers and pedestrians.

Contact Holt at holtd@issaquah.wednet.edu or 837-7201, or city Senior Engineer Rory Cameron roryc@ci.issaquah.wa.us or 837-3451 to learn more about the project.

City is redoing bike lanes on Newport Way Northwest

August 31, 2010

The effort to redo bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to the city line has started.

City engineers do not expect the project to cause significant traffic delays.

The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.

Crews started to remove rumble strips last week. City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the city had yet to receive a final schedule from the contractor, but he said he expects the majority of the work to be completed within a couple of weeks.

In March, the City Council decided to spend $120,000 for the project. The decision prompted debate because crews had added a trail and a gravel shoulder to the same section of road late last year.

But before the project had been completed, the city started to receive complaints about drivers using the widened shoulder as another lane — despite a double white line, a rumble strip and “No driving on shoulder” signs.

City launches redo of Newport Way Northwest section

August 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 2010

The contentious plan to redo bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to the city line has started.

City engineers do not expect the project to cause significant traffic delays.

The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.

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Plan for roadwork at several spots

August 10, 2010

Sunset Way widening project removes street parking

Crews have started removing street parking along East Sunset Way as part of a project to relieve traffic congestion.

Issaquah city planners required the Issaquah School District to complete the project as part of the $84 million Issaquah High School renovation. The school sits along Second Avenue Southeast.

Work at Sunset Way and Second Avenue started Aug. 9. The district plans to avoid closures during peak commutes. Expect traffic delays at other times.

Plans call for another lane to be added on westbound Sunset Way to create a left-turn lane — plus a combined through and right-turn lane — at the intersection.

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Overnight state Route 900 closures to continue

August 9, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 9, 2010

Plan ahead for more overnight lane closures as crews continue to stripe state Route 900.

Drivers can expect single-lane closures on eastbound and westbound state Route 900 from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. through Friday.

The striping marks the end of a yearslong effort to widen the important arterial route through Issaquah. Construction on the $33.9 million state Department of Transportation project started in August 2008.

Crews widened the road from Newport Way Northwest to the vicinity of Northwest Talus Drive and Southeast 82nd Street. The transportation agency opened almost a mile of widened lanes between 82nd Street and Newport Way in April.

Plan for overnight state Route 900 closures

August 3, 2010

Plan ahead for overnight closures as crews finish striping state Route 900.

Drivers can expect single-lane closures on eastbound and westbound state Route 900 from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. through Aug. 5.

The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to state Route 900 closes from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Aug. 4-5. The state Department of Transportation plans to detour drivers to the exit at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

The striping comes as the DOT completes a long-running effort to widen state Route 900 through Issaquah. Work on the $33.9 million project started in August 2008.

The transportation agency opened almost a mile of widened lanes between Southeast 82nd Street and Newport Way Northwest in April. The stretch carries about 16,000 vehicles per day.

Crews widened the road from Newport Way Northwest to the vicinity of Northwest Talus Drive and Southeast 82nd Street.

Plan for downtown road closures on the Fourth of July

July 2, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 2, 2010

Expect downtown street closures Sunday as Issaquah celebrates Independence Day.

The city plans to close parts of Front Street, Rainier Boulevard North and East Sunset Way to clear roads for the parade during Downhome Fourth of July and Heritage Day. Expect closures to last from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. from Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street.

Free activities — including games, pony rides and a slug race — follow the parade. The festival runs until 2 p.m.

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Plan ahead for SR 900 lane closures

June 29, 2010

Crews will close a lane in either direction of state Route 900 from east of the Issaquah city limits to the Interstate 5 interchange in Tukwila overnight this week.

State Department of Transportation workers will close lanes at various locations between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. through July 2. Workers will add shoulder and centerline rumble strips and, in some locations, guardrails. Construction started last month and should wrap in August.

Transportation officials said the rumble strips and guardrails reduce the likelihood of crossover and run-off-the-road collisions.

In addition to the overnight roadwork, crews will close the right lane of westbound state Route 900 between 83rd Street and Newport Way Northwest from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. through July 2 in order to raise utility covers to the level of new pavement. On July 2, the lane will close from 8 a.m. – noon.

Crews expect to complete the utility work in mid-July. Work to widen the stretch of state Route 900 in Issaquah started in August 2008. The transportation agency opened new lanes in April.

Expect overnight and daytime SR 900 lane closures through Friday

June 28, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 28, 2010

Crews will close a lane in either direction of state Route 900 from east of the Issaquah city limits to the Interstate 5 interchange in Tukwila overnight this week.

State Department of Transportation workers will close lanes at various locations between 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. through Friday. Workers will add shoulder and centerline rumble strips, and, in some locations, guardrails. Construction started last month and should wrap in August.

Transportation officials said the rumble strips and guardrails reduce the likelihood of crossover and run-off-the-road collisions.

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