Downed trees prompt state Route 900, Southeast 56th Street road closures

January 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Downed trees and power lines prompted road closures on state Route 900 in Issaquah and rural King County early Thursday morning.

Crews responded a downed tree and power lines before 7:50 a.m. between Northwest Talus Drive and the southern city limits. The stretch between the access road to the Talus urban village and the city line remains closed as Puget Sound Energy crews tend to the downed tree.

Outside city limits, in rural King County, the state Department of Transportation said state Route 900 is closed at Southeast May Valley Road due to a downed tree.

In Issaquah, Southeast 56th Street from 229th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is closed due to downed power lines.

The closures came as ice weighted down trees and power lines, contributing to road closures and power outages throughout the region.

PSE reported more than 12,000 customers in the Issaquah area without power at 9:55 a.m.

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Downed trees snarl morning commutes in Issaquah area

January 19, 2012

NEW — 7:25 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Fallen trees caused road closures and traffic headaches early Thursday, as icy conditions caused fresh problems a day after a major snowstorm.

Newport Way Northwest from Northwest Oakcrest Drive to state Route 900 is closed due to a downed tree. State Route 900 from Northwest Talus Drive to the southern city limits is closed due to a downed tree.

Meanwhile, outside Issaquah city limits, state Route 18 is closed in both directions from Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast to Interstate 90 due to multiple fallen trees blocking the lanes.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 1,200 without power at 7:45 a.m.

Early Thursday, National Weather Service meteorologists issued a regional ice storm warning through noon. Forecasters said to expect travel impacts related to icy conditions, although temperatures should start to rise by midday.

City road crews continue to focus on high-priority routes, as ice poses a different challenge than the snow from previous days.

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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.

Workers will close exit to SR 900 overnight Wednesday

May 12, 2010

NEW — 2:25 p.m. May 12, 2010

State Department of Transportation crews will close the off-ramp from westbound Interstate 90 to state Route 900 from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday. Signs will direct drivers to the exit at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Workers will also close up to two lanes in both directions of SR 900 between Newport Way Northwest and Southeast 83rd Street from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. through Friday.

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

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Workers will close exit to state Route 900 overnight May 6

May 4, 2010

State Department of Transportation crews will close the off-ramp from westbound Interstate 90 to state Route 900 overnight May 6.

Workers will close the ramp from 8 p.m. May 6 until 5 a.m. May 7. Signs will direct drivers to the exit at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

The work will take place as crews near completion of the yearslong effort to widen state Route 900 and improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians through the corridor.

The state Department of Transportation opened two new lanes on almost a mile of the road between Southeast 82nd Street and Newport Way Northwest on April 14. Expect more activity in the weeks ahead as workers complete the $33.9 million project.

Crews widened the road from Newport Way Northwest to the vicinity of Northwest Talus Drive and Southeast 82nd Street. Narrow shoulders bracketed the old, single-lane roadway. Workers added a lane in each direction and a left-turn lane in the center of the roadway, as well as a bike lane and a raised sidewalk on the west side of the road. Crews also installed a synchronized signal system to help smooth traffic for the 16,000 or so drivers who use the road every day.

Workers will close SR 900 ramp, lanes overnight Wednesday

April 28, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. April 28, 2010

State Department of Transportation crews will close the off-ramp from westbound Interstate 90 to state Route 900 overnight Wednesday.

Workers will close the ramp from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Signs will direct drivers to the exit at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Crews will also close up to two lanes in both directions of SR 900 between Newport Way Northwest and Southeast 83rd Street from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday.

The work will take place as crews near completion of the yearslong effort to widen SR 900 and improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians through the corridor.

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Plan for overnight SR 900 closures

April 20, 2010

Crews will close lanes on state Route 900 overnight through April 23 for roadwork. Workers will close up to two lanes in both directions of SR 900 between Newport Way Northwest and Southeast 83rd Street from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The work will take place as crews near completion of the yearslong effort to widen SR 900 and improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians through the corridor.

The state Department of Transportation opened two new lanes on almost a mile of the road between Southeast 82nd Street and Newport Way Northwest on April 14. But workers will wait for drier, warmer weather to add the final layer of pavement and road striping. Expect more activity in the weeks ahead as workers complete the $33.9 million project.

Crews widened the road from Newport Way Northwest to the vicinity of Northwest Talus Drive and Southeast 82nd Street. Narrow shoulders bracketed the old, single-lane roadway.

Workers added a lane in each direction and a left-turn lane in the center of the roadway, as well as a bike lane and a raised sidewalk on the west side of the road.

Crews also installed a synchronized signal system to help smooth traffic for the 16,000 or so drivers who use the road every day. Workers replaced the culverts at Clay Pit Creek and the west fork of Tibbetts Creek as well. The updated culverts should improve fish passage through the waterways and protect against storm damage.

Plan for overnight state Route 900 closures

March 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 28, 2010

Crews will close lanes on state Route 900 overnight Monday to hang traffic signals.

Workers will close the right lane in both directions to place signals at the intersection of state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, as well as at the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Talus Drive. Crews will work from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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