Southeast Black Nugget Road retaining wall to undergo routine inspection

June 11, 2015

NEW — Noon June 11, 2015

Starting next week, crews will conduct a routine inspection of the retaining wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road behind East Lake Sammamish Center.

Inspectors will closely examine the entire wall to determine short-term maintenance needs, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah. There is no indication at this time of any structural weakness in the wall.

During the inspection, downhill traffic on Southeast Black Nugget Road will be diverted to the center lane.

The retaining wall, permitted by King County before the area was annexed into Issaquah, was constructed in 2002.

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Transportation improvement list maps out future city roadwork

June 10, 2015

Like every other city in the state, Issaquah annually goes through the exercise of creating a Transportation Improvement Program, a list of proposed transportation projects to hopefully be undertaken in the next six years, in this case, through 2021.

The TIP is a requirement of state law and makes the listed projects eligible for state and federal funding. The 61 projects on Issaquah’s 2016 list range from a $30 million plan to extend Southeast 62nd Street into the Pickering Place shopping center to a trail connection in Tibbetts Valley Park priced at about $48,000.

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Flashing yellow arrows coming to more streets

June 10, 2015

The city of Issaquah is adding flashing yellow left-turn arrow traffic signals at intersections throughout Issaquah.

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Route 200 Freebee bus to change service area, extend to Highlands

June 3, 2015

On June 8, the Route 200 Freebee bus will be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride via Southeast Black Nugget Road and Highlands Drive Northeast to improve rider demand and route performance.

Route200TransitMap 20150511The new routing means riders will have a connection between the Issaquah Transit Center, downtown and north Issaquah, and the Issaquah Highlands, King County Metro said in a news release.

 

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After Oso, fears of local landslides arise

April 8, 2014

After the devastating Oso mudslide March 22, long-held fears arose in Issaquah.

“It’s scary,” resident Philip Cherian said about the large hill steeply rising over Southeast Black Nugget Road, blocked from the roadway, Home Depot and Fred Meyer by a wall. “We live in the area and drive by there, and you can see water seeping through.”

Rapid earth movement at that site, and at others around town, has long been a concern for the city. Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said the city has remained vigilant over the Southeast Black Nugget Road site, performing studies on the private property.

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King County commits $70,000 to repair city’s retaining wall

September 6, 2011

King County recently agreed to fund repairs to a decade-old retaining wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road as city planners seek to shore up the structure against landslides.

The city closed the sidewalk along the wall in March after soggy conditions caused a small landslide on the slope behind Fred Meyer and The Home Depot. The shifting earth did not pose a risk to motorists or residences atop the hill, but the incident refocused attention on plans to strengthen the wall.

County officials committed $70,000 for upgrades. The project could cost up to $640,000 for substantial renovations. The city is setting aside funds to complete the project in the years ahead.

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Georgia property manager sells Issaquah offices for $32 million

July 7, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 7, 2011

The hillside office center behind The Home Depot sold Wednesday for $32 million.

The former owner, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, sold the 156,323-square-foot building to The Lake Washington Land Co., a Washington-based business.

The building at 22833 Southeast Black Nugget Road — officially the Eastpointe Corporate Center — had long been nicknamed for Boeing, a tenant. The building site encompasses 5.79 acres.

Eastpointe Corporate Center opened in 2001 and Piedmont acquired the building in 2003. The property management company is based in Johns Creek, Ga.

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City raises Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road speed limit

June 28, 2011

Motorists no longer need to clamp down so hard on the brake on a steep section of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.

On June 20, City Council members raised the speed limit from 35 mph to 40 mph on a section from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the eastern city limits near the 238th Avenue Southeast intersection. The faster speed limit took effect June 25.

City crews plan to post signs featuring the 40 mph limit along the affected roadway. The sign replacement should cost about $350.

Before the decision, planners commissioned a traffic engineering study for Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road between East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast Black Nugget Road, and between Southeast Black Nugget Road and Southeast Issaquah-Pine Lake Road to determine whether a 35 mph speed limit remained appropriate.

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City raises Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road speed limit

June 22, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 22, 2011

Motorists no longer need to clamp down so hard on the brake on a steep section of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.

On Monday, City Council members raised the speed limit from 35 mph to 40 mph on a section from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the eastern city limits near the 238th Avenue Southeast intersection. The faster speed limit goes into effect Saturday.

City crews plan to post signs featuring the 40 mph limit along the affected roadway. The sign replacement should cost about $350.

Before the decision, planners commissioned a traffic engineering study for Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road between East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast Black Nugget Road, and between Southeast Black Nugget Road and Southeast Issaquah-Pine Lake Road to determine whether a 35 mph speed limit remained appropriate.

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City closes sidewalk due to landslide risk

April 12, 2011

Groundwater seeps through the timber retaining wall, and a pedestrian sidewalk is closed along Southeast Black Nugget Road at Southeast 62nd Street. By Greg Farrar

The chain-link fence erected along the Southeast Black Nugget Road behind Fred Meyer and The Home Depot raised questions among motorists concerned about possible landslides.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said municipal crews added the fence late last month as a precaution amid the risk for small landslides. The city is also addressing long-term issues related to the retaining wall along the same stretch.

“We’re trying to investigate what we can do to stop the earth movement above the wall, which is a separate issue from the wall itself,” Brock said. “The wall is in no danger of coming down, it’s just that it’s got a reduced lifespan because of some of things that were not done per plan.”

Instability on the slope is common after soaking rains, but city officials said the slippage does not pose a risk to the residences perched above Southeast Black Nugget Road. Way Back Inn, a Renton nonprofit organization, owns the land on the slope.

“It seems like this year, we’ve had a lot more water. It’s moving a little bit more and it’s got some fluidity to it that it didn’t have before,” Brock said. “So, as a precautionary measure, we closed the sidewalk just on the off chance that something might fall over the top of the wall there.”

Crews also planted stakes in the hillside to track shifts in the slope. The fence and the stakes attracted attention from Klahanie resident Sandi Dong.

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