September 30, 2015
NEW — 5:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
City Council Position 4 Race heats up
Tim Flood admits his opponent is better known and has been able to grab some high-profile endorsements in the race for the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat.
But in the August primary, Flood noted, Ramos was not able to earn 50 percent of the vote.
Besides noting his experience on three city commissions, Ramos also talks about his work as a private transportation consultant. Flood hardly seems intimidated, putting out his own original traffic plan, “Address the Mess.” Read more
September 22, 2015
September 17, 2015
NEW — 3:09 p.m. Sept. 17, 2015
Drivers who use eastbound Interstate 90 near Lake Sammamish should prepare for possible delays Saturday night, Sept. 19, through Sunday morning, Sept. 20.
Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close up to three left lanes of eastbound I-90 between 150th Avenue Southeast in Bellevue and state Route 900 in Issaquah from 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. for paving work.
In the Puget Sound area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.
September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:43 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
We want to applaud our Issaquah City Council members for lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest.
The new speed limit, 30 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange, goes into effect Sept. 22.
We also want to congratulate those council members and other city officials who took the time to drive the street, calculating times and speeds, doing their own research rather than relying solely on traffic studies, calculations and recommendations.
But before anyone pats themselves on the backs much, we ask that everyone take a moment to remember the reason for this change — 4 1/2-year-old Haochen Xu, who was hit in the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26 while walking with his mother. He died from his injuries the next day. Read more
September 9, 2015
NEW — 12:18 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Following the recommendation of the city administration, the Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 8 to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange.
The new speed limit takes effect Sept. 22, council clerk Tina Eggers said.
Prior to the 6-1 council vote, residents mostly praised the council and the city administration for considering lowering the limit. But some of that praise was tempered.
Resident Joe Verner said it took the death of a child who was crossing the street with his mother to get the city’s attention.
“Let that sink in for a minute,” Verner added.
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.
September 3, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015
As of mid-last week, 73 people had signed an electronic petition asking Issaquah to postpone any further development on Newport Way Northwest until completion of a traffic corridor study on the street as well as the implementation of any recommendations resulting from that study.
“There are five projects in the works for Newport Way west of state Route 900,” said Joe Verner, secretary of the Summerhill Subdivision Homeowners Association board.
Summerhill is one of the homeowners associations sponsoring the petition.
August 29, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015
Puget Sound Energy will start work soon on Cougar Mountain electrical lines from Talus to the corner of Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.
Crews will install new distribution wires and upgrade the existing transmission system. The work is meant to improve the reliability of the electric service and reduce the risk of power outages in the area.
August 13, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2015
Using several criteria, including public input and accident history, a consultant has come up with a list of more than 20 street crossings to include in a coming safety study of crosswalks around the city.
Mayor Fred Butler called for the study following a fatal June accident at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.
To be undertaken by Transportation Solutions Inc., of Redmond, Butler has promised the study will be done by the end of September so that any recommended safety projects can be included in the city’s 2016 budget.
In addition to the consultant study, city staffers are slated to look at crosswalks that may need attention, but perhaps not the in-depth work to be supplied by the consultant. That list has not been released. Read more
August 4, 2015
NEW — 10:35 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015
By November, the city administration plans to name a resident advisory committee to study and propose a ballot issue to raise up to $96 million for Issaquah transportation projects.
The city could go to voters with anything from a bond sale to a local sales tax. Of the several options presented, a 0.20 percent sales tax would rake in the most, about $75 million, according to information presented by city Finance Director Diane Marcotte.
City officials hope to have something on the ballot by November 2016.
To be named by Mayor Fred Butler, the advisory committee will begin meeting either late this year or early in 2016. Butler expects a recommendation to present to council by mid-2016. Officials have not determined how many people will serve on the committee, said Emily Moon, deputy city administrator. The City Council will have the last say on any ballot issue and will need to vote to present any question to voters. Read more