Avoid backups, street repairs throughout Issaquah

October 14, 2014

NEW — 1:28 p.m. Oct. 14, 2014

City crews have started street improvement projects throughout Issaquah.

Motorists are advised to watch for:

  • Front Street North from Northeast Crescent Drive to Gilman Boulevard: removal of existing curb ramps and replacement, as well as curb and sidewalk repair, through Oct. 17. Prepare for traffic backups at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard.
  • Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Juniper Street: curb ramp work and paving, with work on the ramps, through Oct. 17, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Northwest Juniper Street from Fifth Avenue Northwest to Newport Way Northwest: milling is scheduled to start Oct. 17, with paving to follow Oct. 20, both from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Front Street North: milling is scheduled for Oct. 20-21, with paving to follow Oct. 21-24, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

All work is weather dependent. Learn more by calling Public Works Operations at 281-5413.

Work is continuing this week on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast safety project

October 7, 2014

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Oct. 7, 2014

A recent King County safety project to add a turn lane and merge area on Issaquah-Hobart Road at the Tiger Mountain trailhead resumed work last week with crews planting and spreading seeds on the sides of the road.

Contractor crewmembers will work from the shoulder near moving vehicles at times on workdays and are expected to be there through this week.

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15-day closure of eastbound Interstate 90 ramp to Bellevue Way starts tonight

September 8, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 8, 2014

Beginning at 9 tonight, crews will close the ramp from eastbound Interstate 90 to Bellevue Way around the clock for 15 days to lower the elevation of the ramp.

During the closure, all traffic heading eastbound on I-90 to Bellevue Way will use the HOV ramp.

Drivers should expect minor delays during the closure, particularly the first few days as drivers adjust to moving left and using the Bellevue Way HOV ramp. A detour will also be available via Richards Road and westbound I-90. The ramp is expected to reopen the morning of Sept. 23.

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Rainier Boulevard work is ahead of schedule, behind frustration

September 2, 2014

Closing Rainier Boulevard North for the summer should leave lasting improvements but has created some hard feelings.

The city closed the road to through traffic June 9 from Northwest Juniper Street to east fork of Issaquah Creek to perform a number of upgrades to the heavily trafficked route.

The new street will have two vehicle lanes, parking, a sidewalk and multi-use trail, underground utilities, landscaping and decorative street lights It will remain closed until Oct. 1 at the latest.

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Issaquah-Hobart Road construction finished for now

August 12, 2014

After a spring and early summer of traffic snarls along Issaquah-Hobart Road, King County has finished construction.

For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving, which happened throughout June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website.

The county restricted the road to one lane and it caused a few backups, but county Department of Transportation Spokesman Jeff Switzer said the paving was overdue.

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May Valley Road traffic will get worse before it gets better

July 29, 2014

Southeast May Valley Road has been down to only one lane near the 22500 block for months, and it may stay like that for a while.

A March downpour led to a landslide and damaged the road, causing pavement to crack and settle, according to the King County Department of Transportation website. For safety reasons, the county closed the road and installed a temporary signal to shift traffic.

“This was kind of an act of God,” King County road engineer Rick Brater said. “After the prolonged rains we got last winter, we start to see these slides happen. We have a lot of roads that are old, and it’s in these areas where we have found unsteady ground.”

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Commuters, prepare for huge Interstate 90 delays

July 15, 2014

One westbound lane will close for seven days

Drivers of westbound Interstate 90 should ready themselves for significant delays due to a $1.6 million construction project that begins July 18.

Westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way for seven days as the Washington State Department of Transportation replaces the expansion joints on the East Channel bridge, which connects Mercer Island to Bellevue over a small channel of Lake Washington.

Prepare for traffic backups June 18-25 as workers repair two 92-foot-long expansion joints that  are deteriorating on Interstate 90 near Mercer Island.

Prepare for traffic backups June 18-25 as workers repair two 92-foot-long expansion joints that are deteriorating on Interstate 90 near Mercer Island.

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Expect minor delays for Interstate 90 repairs between Issaquah and North Bend

July 7, 2014

NEW — 7 p.m. July 7, 2014

Drivers who use Interstate 90 between Issaquah and North Bend should plan extra time for their trips this week.

Maintenance crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will close up to two lanes of I-90 to replace 13 damaged and cracked concrete panels.

To ensure materials are available, much of the work must be done during the day, with a single lane remaining closed overnight to allow the concrete to properly cure.

Closure details:

  • July 8 to the morning of July 9 — Two lanes of westbound I-90 will be closed before East Sunset Way from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A single lane will remain closed until 4 a.m.
  • July 9 to the morning of July 10 — Two lanes of eastbound I-90 will be closed before state Route 202/Bendigo Boulevard South from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A single lane will remain closed until 4 a.m.
  • July 10 to the morning of July 11 — Two lanes of westbound I-90 will be closed before East Sunset Way from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A single lane will remain closed until 4 a.m.

Bridge tolls are going up on 520

June 24, 2014

The annual increase in tolls on the state Route 520 bridge is set to go into effect July 1.

The rate will go up by about 2.5 percent. Peak-hour rates with a Good to Go! pass will rise to $3.80, while peak-hour rates without a pass will go up to $5.40.

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Issaquah-Hobart Road paving begins soon

May 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 26, 2014

Roadwork on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast has caused traffic snarls as the county prepares to repave a section of the two-lane road.

For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving in June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website. The county restricted to the road to one lane.

Travelers should expect delays and use caution. King County Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Switzer said the schedule for the repaving will depend on weather and progress, but should begin in June.

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