Off The Press — Traffic plan can’t come soon enough

August 26, 2014

Rowley Properties’ construction of the long-stay Homewood Suites by Hilton has brought a massive crane to central Issaquah.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

It’s not the first one locals have seen, but it heralds the start of the Central Issaquah Plan, which city officials expect to change the face of the valley over the next 30 years or so.

The crane stands over the western edge of the city and so will hopefully not have any impact on surrounding traffic. However, it represents a symbol of things to come as parcels go on sale and some, like the Atlas project on Gilman Boulevard Northwest, sit in the middle of the permitting process.

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To the Editor

August 12, 2014

Traffic

People need to learn the difference between yield and merge

One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).

During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.

George Short

Issaquah

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Costco asks to build up to 10-story buildings

July 29, 2014

In exchange for open space, Costco is aiming for the sky.

Company leaders want to construct possibly three more buildings on the campus, with anywhere from three to 10 stories each.

“They are looking to expand their corporate facilities,” city Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said. “They currently have surface parking lots that they are wanting to place buildings on.”

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To the Editor

July 15, 2014

Heritage Day

Thanks to everyone who made it a success

The Issaquah History Museums was gratified by the wonderful community participation and volunteer support in abundant evidence at our 2014 Heritage Day celebration held in conjunction with the Down Home 4th of July in downtown Issaquah.

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Newport Way traffic delays expected June 17-20

June 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 15, 2014

Expect possible delays at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and 12th Avenue Northwest from 8:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. June 17-20 as crews conduct work on the city’s sewer system.

The southbound and eastbound lanes will alternate traffic during the closure.

City to install flashing yellow turn signals at troubled intersections

June 3, 2014

Flashing yellow turn signals will come to seven intersections by November.

In the interest of addressing some traffic problems in Issaquah, city leaders have looked into solving large-scale snarls and smaller hiccups. The city aims to affect particular hotspots where traffic is slowed unnecessarily.

The city will install the lights at the following intersections:

  • Front Street and Sunset Way (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)
  • East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 51st Street (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)

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Issaquah-Hobart Road paving begins soon

May 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 26, 2014

Roadwork on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast has caused traffic snarls as the county prepares to repave a section of the two-lane road.

For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving in June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website. The county restricted to the road to one lane.

Travelers should expect delays and use caution. King County Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Switzer said the schedule for the repaving will depend on weather and progress, but should begin in June.

Friendly setting finds few feuds between mayoral candidates

October 22, 2013

Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.

In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.

“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.

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Old hands hope to offer city new leadership: Fred Butler

October 8, 2013

After 13 years on the Issaquah City Council, Fred Butler says he is ready to lead.

As an avid member of the public, involved in numerous service organizations and regional groups, Butler launched his campaign for mayor early this year. When Mayor Ava Frisinger said she would not seek a fifth term, it came as no surprise that the longtime council president and Sound Transit Board member would seek the position.

Fred Butler

Fred Butler

“When I retired, I decided to devote my energies to public service,” Butler said. “I’ve been in a leadership position ever since. With this depth and breadth of experience, well, I think I’m ready.”

He worked for 27 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, giving what he believes is an exemplary level of qualification for the position of mayor.

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Traffic talks jam town hall

October 1, 2013

Traffic talks are in a jam.

To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions.

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions.

By Peter Clark More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

By Peter Clark
More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

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