Paving projects planned throughout Issaquah

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The city has several paving projects planned.

Work started July 27 at the intersection of Newport Way and West Sunset Way as crews replace ADA-accessible ramps. Traffic in the intersection was to be reduced to one lane in all directions. Pedestrians were asked to prepare for detours through the intersection as well.

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Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows Thursday through Sunday

July 29, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. July 29, 2105

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

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City leaders will study Issaquah crosswalks

July 16, 2015

On July 8, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler announced the city would undertake a detailed study of numerous crosswalks throughout Issaquah.

Butler later said in an email that consultants would help determine which crosswalks as well as how many crosswalks would be studied. He did say the Newport Way crosswalk, where Haochen Xu was struck, would be scrutinized.

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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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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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Dogwood bridge will be replaced next month

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2016

Starting May 26, a section of Northwest Dogwood Street will close as a new bridge is built.

The street will be closed from approximately Third Place Northwest to the 110 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.

Signage will provide detour information for pedestrians and drivers. The new bridge is expected to open in early October.

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Concerns remain over city’s lone roundabout

April 7, 2015

While local residents, and one in particular, still see plenty of problems with the traffic roundabout at Southeast 43rd Way and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, city officials said the number of accidents at the location has steadily fallen.

There were 13 accidents there in 2012, nine in 2013 and six in 2014, Issaquah Transportation Manager Gary Costa said.

The roundabout in question sits in Issaquah, but the route feeds into Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar A red Mini Cooper (left) slows to yield in the ‘slip lane’ while two cars travel in the arterial as all three cars head southbound on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at the traffic roundabout on Southeast 43rd Way.

By Greg Farrar
A red Mini Cooper (left) slows to yield in the ‘slip lane’ while two cars travel in the arterial as all three cars head southbound on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at the traffic roundabout on Southeast 43rd Way.

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Editorial

May 20, 2014

Bike, cars can get along better

May 16 was Bike to Work Day, and thousands of two-wheeled commuters took to the road. The mere thought of a cyclist can start some drivers’ blood boiling, and cyclists, too, find themselves frustrated by inconsiderate motorists.

Bikes on the roads are here to stay, and indeed, if current trends hold, will be an ever-growing presence. More work must be done to help bikes and cars co-exist, and two of the biggest missing ingredients are predictability and education.

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