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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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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County transfers 1.07-acre parcel to Issaquah

February 15, 2011

King County leaders adopted a measure Feb. 7 to transfer a small parcel of land to Issaquah.

The wedge-shaped parcel consists of 1.07 acres along the 23600 block of Southeast Black Nugget Road between Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Highlands Drive Northeast. The property includes a storm water pond.

The ordinance adopted by the council authorizes King County Executive Dow Constantine to execute the land-transfer agreement.

The storm water pond on the land provides important drainage for sections of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Southeast Black Nugget Road inside Issaquah city limits. Issaquah has agreed to take on the parcel and to maintain the storm water pond.

The county acquired the land more than a decade ago for a road-improvement project. Issaquah then absorbed the area as part of the North Issaquah annexation.

Through the annexation, the city also took ownership of the road right of way, but the county did not transfer the parcel to the city as part of the shift.

County adds safety features near Briarwood, Pacific Cascade

September 14, 2010

King County crews completed pedestrian-safety projects near Briarwood Elementary School and Pacific Cascade Middle School in time for students to return to campus.

The county Road Services Division installed electronic speed limit signs along 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 314th Street near Briarwood. The signs use solar power to operate. Read more

County adds safety features near Briarwood, Pacific Cascade campuses

September 2, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 2, 2010

King County crews completed pedestrian-safety projects near Briarwood Elementary School and Pacific Cascade Middle School in time for students to return to campus.

The county Road Services Division installed electronic speed limit signs along 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 314th Street near Briarwood. The signs use solar power to operate.

Near Pacific Cascade, the Road Services Division added curb, gutter and sidewalk to Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road, plus electronic speed limit signs.

Classes started Tuesday in the Issaquah School District.

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Plan for road closures near Klahanie

February 23, 2010

King County crews started construction on pedestrian safety upgrades along Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road last week.

Between 247th Place Southeast and Klahanie Drive Southeast, workers will install a five-foot sidewalk, a bike lane and additional lighting along the north side of the roadway. Planners expect the project will take about two months to complete.

A westbound lane of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road will close from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekdays during the construction period. Drivers may experience periodic traffic delays.

Issaquah-Fall City Road pedestrian improvements set to begin

February 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 8, 2010

The King County Road Services Division will begin pedestrian safety improvements along a section of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road between 247th Place Southeast and Klahanie Drive Southeast beginning the week of Feb. 15.

County workers will make several improvements along the stretch of roadway, including the installation of a 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk, a bicycle lane and additional lighting along the north side of the roadway. The project is expected to take about two months to complete.

Motorists should be advised that the one westbound lane of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road will be closed from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the construction period. Therefore, motorists may experience periodic traffic delays. Workers will attempt to keep those disruptions to a minimum.

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