HOAs back petition to delay development on Newport Way Northwest

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.

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PSE is upgrading transmission lines in Talus area

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.

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City unveils crosswalks to be examined in safety study

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

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Citizen committee to study funding options for Issaquah transportation projects

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

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City staffers look for help handling Issaquah’s growing population

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Trying to keep up with seemingly ever-increasing development, the Issaquah City Council approved adding new employees to the Development Services Department and taking other steps to spread the workload.

The city will hire a new assistant planner and a new engineering technician, said Christopher Wright, project oversight manager for the development department.

Additionally, Issaquah will extend the contract of a temporary inspector and will allow additional hours for existing public works staff, Wright added.

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Paving projects planned throughout Issaquah

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The city has several paving projects planned.

Work started July 27 at the intersection of Newport Way and West Sunset Way as crews replace ADA-accessible ramps. Traffic in the intersection was to be reduced to one lane in all directions. Pedestrians were asked to prepare for detours through the intersection as well.

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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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