Lane of SR 900 to close for one-day project

July 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 26, 2015

Prepare for a daylong lane closure on state Route 900.

Due to construction activity, a section of the southbound right lane of the road at Southeast 75th Street will close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

Drivers should follow the signage in the area.

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Over a year after landslide, repairs begin on May Valley Road

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.

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Goo in Tibbetts Creek is deicer, not hazardous

June 3, 2015

As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.

The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.

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To the Editor — May 28, 2015

May 27, 2015

Development

Too-tall buildings are ugly and irresponsible growth

Woo woo. Anybody noticed the atrocity sticking “oh so proudly” above trees on the other side of state Route 900? Ugly but big, and Rowley got his way.

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Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

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Construction work on Gilman could cause delays

March 30, 2015

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 30, 2015

Drivers should prepare for possible traffic impacts along Northwest Gilman Boulevard Monday.

Crews are patching an eastbound lane in the 1600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at state Route 900, according to a news alert from the city of Issaquah.

The city asks drivers to help minimize traffic impacts by using alternate routes, if possible.

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May Valley Road yet to rebuild one year after landslide

March 3, 2015

If you have driven May Valley Road anytime in the past year, you likely noticed the road is reduced to one lane between roughly 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast.

At the same time, you also may have noticed that while the south side of the road is blocked from traffic, there has been absolutely no sign of any construction work. Automated, solar-powered traffic signals allow vehicles to travel the effected stretch of road in alternating directions.

King County closed the south side of the road following a landslide that damaged that road in early 2014, said Rochelle Ogershok, a spokeswoman for the King County Road Services Division.

By Tom Corrigan Westbound cars last week on Southeast May Valley Road proceed on the one-lane restricted King County road after the automated traffic signal turns green.

By Tom Corrigan
Westbound cars last week on Southeast May Valley Road proceed on the one-lane restricted King County road after the automated traffic signal turns green.

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May Valley Road lane closed into February

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

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Traffic plan may cost $300 million

December 9, 2014

Package would include 500 percent increase in impact fees

Looking to accommodate expected residential and retail growth without creating gridlock on city streets, Issaquah’s administration has come up with a $300 million transportation plan that could accommodate up to an additional 8,000 car trips on local streets per day.

But to help pay for all the needed road improvements, administration officials have proposed a 500 percent hike in the traffic impact fees developers pay.

For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were adopted, that figure jumps to $8,600.

The impact fees would not cover the entire cost of the plan, which includes $250 million for roadwork and an additional $50 million for bike paths and pedestrian accommodations, city consultant Randy Young said in an interview.

Young said the city would need to fund the remainder at a cost of approximately $165 million for roadwork and roughly $26 million for bike and pedestrian pathways.

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City OKs buildings up to 125 feet tall in business district

December 25, 2012

Redevelopment plan calls for more than 7,000 residences

City leaders raised the building height limit to 125 feet in the business district and raised the stakes for redevelopment in the decades ahead.

The roadmap to redevelopment — a document called the Central Issaquah Plan — also creates a framework to add more than 7,000 residences on about 1,000 acres stretched along Interstate 90.

In a series of decisions reached Dec. 17 after years spent re-envisioning the business district, a relieved City Council adopted the Central Issaquah Plan, but delayed action on a key piece until at least April.

“It’s the right plan at the right time,” Councilman Fred Butler said. “It will not happen overnight, but when the time is right, we will be ready.”

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