August 20, 2015
NEW — 12:45 p.m. Aug. 20, 2015
Southeast May Valley Road reopened to commuters Aug. 19.
The King County Department of Transportation completed work to repair the landslide-damaged road more than a week ahead of schedule.
Workers completely closed a section of road between 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast beginning July 20 while crews removed unstable soil from the site, rebuilt the roadway and installed new guardrails.
A 2014 landslide damaged the road, requiring its partial closure for more than a year before construction began. Temporary signals directed traffic through the area in alternating directions during that time.
Southeast May Valley Road was supposed to be closed until Sept. 1, but King County officially finished repairs and reopened the roadway at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
July 19, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2015
After over a year of being reduced to just one lane, Southeast May Valley Road will be closed to all traffic beginning July 20.
The King County Department of Transportation will repair damage done to the road by a landslide in March 2014. The road is expected to stay closed for approximately six weeks.
The affected section of road runs between 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast. May Valley Road traffic is being detoured onto Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.
January 27, 2015
January 20, 2015
Guardrail work on Southeast May Valley Road will close one of two lanes in an area east of state Route 900 and west of 229th Drive Southeast through mid-February.
The lane closures are scheduled for approximately 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday.
The county’s contractor will adjust the guardrail due to changes in the road height after recent repaving. Flaggers will alternate traffic directions, and travelers should expect delays at the work site in addition to delays from the automated traffic signal at the site of the 2014 ongoing lane closure. Read more
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.”
December 31, 2013
Sunset Valley Farms resident Art Converse doesn’t need a clock to determine what time of day it is in the tranquil neighborhood located at the foot of Squak Mountain.
He simply listens for the soft pattering wings of the 60-70 geese that fly over the rural valley at both dusk and dawn.
“Sometimes they’re honking and making all kinds of noise, and sometimes they’re not, and if they’re not, all you hear is whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,” he said.
September 4, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013
King County Road Services will grind and repave a 3.4-mile section of Southeast May Valley Road starting Sept. 4.
The work will close lanes between state Route 900 and 229th Drive Southeast and will last approximately three weeks, starting with grinding and paving. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone when lanes are closed, and local access will be maintained.
Message boards will be posted to warn motorists of delays. Use an alternate route if possible, or expect delays up to 15 minutes when driving through the work zone.
This work is dependent on good weather. Get updates on King County’s Road Services website.
August 20, 2013
Only a handful of roads are on the county’s summer paving program, including Southeast May Valley Road and Issaquah-Hobart Road.
In late September, depending on the weather, 3.41 miles on Southeast May Valley Road, from state Route 900 to 229th Drive Southeast, is planned to be paved.
In 2014, 1.56 miles of Issaquah-Hobart Road, from the Issaquah city limits to Southeast 132nd Way will be paved, with preparation and paving occurring at night.
January 15, 2013
Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — after planners approved a regional transportation program.
Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau.
The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.
Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.
January 15, 2013
Landowners in Fire District 10 — Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area — recently received fire benefit charge notices.
The notice includes a letter of explanation and per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill, and the recipient is not required to act, unless he or she believes some information is erroneous.