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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