Crews conduct stormwater system maintenance

September 24, 2015

NEW — 5:05 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

The city of Issaquah’s public works team is conducting overnight maintenance on the stormwater system.

During the week of Sept. 27 crews will work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the following locations:

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Issaquah City Council committee rejects lower speed limits on four streets

September 22, 2015

NEW — 5:14 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Hoping to gain more information, the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee put the brakes on lowering speed limits on four streets despite a recommendation by the city administration.

On Sept. 8, the full council voted to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph. At the same time, it agreed to an administration proposal to study speed limits on portions of three additional streets. At a recent committee meeting, the administration added one more, the loop consisting of Northwest Stoney Creek Drive and Northwest Harmony Way.

The speed limit proposals follow the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu, who was struck by a car while attempting to cross the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive with his mother June 26. He died the next day.

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Council approves contract for widening of Sammamish Parkway

September 22, 2015

NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

The Issaquah City Council approved a $3.3 million bid for the widening of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at its regular meeting Sept. 8.

The city estimated the total project cost at $7.5 million. Issaquah received grants from the Puget Sound Regional Council and the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board totaling $6.9 million for the work.

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Administration recommends lowering Newport Way Northwest limit to 30 mph, wants lower limits on three other streets

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

City administration seems ready to recommend lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest from 40 mph to 30 mph between state Route 900 to the Lakemont interchange.

City officials have been analyzing Newport Way west of SR 900, as new development will soon change that corridor’s conditions and likely necessitate a lower speed limit, according to a city press release.

Newport Way Northwest has gotten plenty of attention, much of it negative, following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu in a late June traffic accident near the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Residents and activists have been vocally pushing for a lower speed limit on the street, mostly hoping for 25 mph.

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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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Alzheimer’s home planned for Issaquah-Fall City Road

April 28, 2015

The city is reviewing plans to build an Alzheimer’s and memory care community at the intersection of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Highlands Drive Northeast.

The home, to be built by Cascadia Development LLC, is proposed for two contiguous parcels covering a total of 6.8 acres.

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Parking lot, trail access for Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park open

January 20, 2015

The popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park now has more parking and better access, according to a King County Parks partnership project news release.

Work has been completed on the new 74-space parking lot at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road that will serve as the main access point for the mountain bike park. The lot opened Jan. 17, and will be open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

The lot includes spaces for two truck-and-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone and restrooms. A new, quarter-mile connector trail has also been built that links the new lot to park’s southern entrance on Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. The trail provides park users with a safe, dedicated path. Read more

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

November 27, 2012

The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.

Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.

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County’s proposed road plan calls for limited service on local streets

September 13, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 13, 2011

Some streets in rural and unincorporated areas near Issaquah could receive reduced maintenance and a lower priority for snow removal under a proposal King County leaders unveiled Monday — a plan County Executive Dow Constantine called “triage” for a cash-strapped and deteriorating roads system.

Dow Constantine

Constantine proposed a plan to prioritize road maintenance, snow removal and storm response on a tiered system.

Important arteries — such as Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Preston-Fall City Road Southeast, Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and sections of Southeast May Valley Road east of state Route 900 — remain top priorities for maintenance, snow removal and storm cleanup under the proposal.

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