One lane of 43rd Way to close

March 31, 2015

NEW — 11:50 a.m. March 31, 2015

Starting April 1, eastbound 43rd Way will be reduced from two lanes to one from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays for construction.

The lane closure is expected to continue for up to four weeks.

Signage will alert drivers to the lane closure.

May Valley Road yet to rebuild one year after landslide

March 3, 2015

If you have driven May Valley Road anytime in the past year, you likely noticed the road is reduced to one lane between roughly 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast.

At the same time, you also may have noticed that while the south side of the road is blocked from traffic, there has been absolutely no sign of any construction work. Automated, solar-powered traffic signals allow vehicles to travel the effected stretch of road in alternating directions.

King County closed the south side of the road following a landslide that damaged that road in early 2014, said Rochelle Ogershok, a spokeswoman for the King County Road Services Division.

By Tom Corrigan Westbound cars last week on Southeast May Valley Road proceed on the one-lane restricted King County road after the automated traffic signal turns green.

By Tom Corrigan
Westbound cars last week on Southeast May Valley Road proceed on the one-lane restricted King County road after the automated traffic signal turns green.

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Daily lane closures on Issaquah-Hobart Road start Monday morning

February 8, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2015

Two lanes on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily starting Monday, Feb. 9.

The lane closure will be between Southeast 132nd Way and Southeast 104th Street at the southern city limits of Issaquah and last the week, with the possibility of work wrapping up early. Flaggers will alternate traffic, and traffic will move slowly and cause travel delays.

The lane restrictions are needed for a contractor to complete guardrail work. Travelers are advised to drive slowly, pay attention to signs and flaggers, and exercise caution in work zones.

To the Editor

December 23, 2014

Christmas

The true spirit of the holiday is love

I’m a Hallmark Christmas movie fanatic. There’s nothing better after a long work week than coming home, curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and watching a movie about love and sacrifice. Last weekend, I felt as if I was in one of those movies.

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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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