Plan for roadwork at several spots

August 10, 2010

Sunset Way widening project removes street parking

Crews have started removing street parking along East Sunset Way as part of a project to relieve traffic congestion.

Issaquah city planners required the Issaquah School District to complete the project as part of the $84 million Issaquah High School renovation. The school sits along Second Avenue Southeast.

Work at Sunset Way and Second Avenue started Aug. 9. The district plans to avoid closures during peak commutes. Expect traffic delays at other times.

Plans call for another lane to be added on westbound Sunset Way to create a left-turn lane — plus a combined through and right-turn lane — at the intersection.

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Crews start removing street parking Monday to reduce congestion

August 8, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 8, 2010

Crews plan to remove street parking along East Sunset Way as part of project to relieve traffic congestion.

Work at East Sunset Way and Second Avenue Southeast starts Monday.

The city required the Issaquah School District to complete the project as part of the ongoing Issaquah High School renovation. The school sits along Second Avenue Southeast.

Plans call for another lane to be added on westbound East Sunset Way to create a left-turn lane — plus a combined through and right-turn lane — at the intersection.

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Leaders get sneak peek at school’s new look

May 11, 2010

Issaquah School Board members and district officials received an advance look at construction at Issaquah High School on May 5.

“This will be an incredible environment for student learning,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen wrote in an e-mail. “The layout facilitates connections, there is an emphasis on green construction, we have flexible spaces to accommodate different instructional needs, science labs are customized for each course, the performing arts facility is going to be state of the art, and the list goes on and on.

“Not only will this building facilitate learning, it’s a school that everyone will be proud to belong to,” he wrote. “I expect that it will be a focal point for the entire community.”

It’s hard to remember the school’s former configuration; the changes have been that drastic. All that really remains familiar to the eye is the stadium and the part of Building A, facing the student parking lot.

In place of the school’s former gymnasium, the new classroom wings are in plain view. But the construction goes deeper than what you see from Second Avenue.

“What you see from the road is about half of what is going on right now,” said district Capital Projects Director Steve Crawford. “If there was a sporting event that took you to the football field and stadium, you could look back to the courtyard between the classrooms and the gym and get a full extent of what has been going on this year.”

Principal Paula Phelps led the tour that took board members and district officials through new classroom wings, sky bridges, gymnasiums and weight facilities, locker rooms, part of the commons, administrative offices, and library and mechanical systems.

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Cameras cut speeding, but raise drivers’ ire

April 6, 2010

Cameras installed along Southeast Second Avenue to deter speeders have cut the number of violations since the Issaquah Police Department started issuing citations last April.

The city recorded about 110 violations per day in May 2009 — about a month after speeders started to receive $124 fines for exceeding the 20 mph limit. By January 2010, the number of violations had fallen to about 40 per day — a drop of about 64 percent. The city released the data March 31.

Police issued 4,920 citations for violations caught by the cameras. The devices generated about $360,000 for the city.

Officials said the numbers showed the need for the cameras in a school zone packed with everyone from kindergartners to high-school seniors. Detractors said the cameras catch unknowing motorists and overcharge violators.

The city did not complete a formal cost analysis for the photo-enforcement program, although officials said the effort incurs significant expenses related to Issaquah Municipal Court, and the city finance and police departments. Police officers must review and then approve or reject each violation.

The city did not hire additional workers to handle the increased number of infractions. Read more

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Speeders caught on camera face fines

April 13, 2009

Drivers could be fined $124 for speeding near four schools — even if no police officers are present. Officers will begin to issue citations this week for speeders caught by traffic cameras that overlook a busy Second Avenue zone near the four schools. Read more

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City Council unanimously approves plans for Issaquah High School

February 9, 2009

The Issaquah City Council has unanimously approved the master site plan and site development permit for Issaquah High School. Read more

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Conversion of freshman campus will be in 2010

September 19, 2008

Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus will remain a freshman campus until fall 2010, leaving middle schools overcrowded one extra year. Once converted, PCFC will become a middle school.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced the delay Sept. 11 citing several factors including permit, construction and site delays.

Construction projects at Issaquah and Skyline high schools need large phases to be completed before the freshman class can be accommodated. Both are nearly seven weeks behind schedule after several summer delays.

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