I-90 weekend detours return for drivers heading across Lake Washington Oct. 9-12

October 1, 2015

NEW — 11:27 a.m. Oct. 1, 2015

Weekendlong directional closures of the Interstate 90 outer roadways resume starting the weekend of Oct. 9-12. Three more weekendlong directional closures are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2015.

The closures will allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit to continue upgrading the operations systems inside the Mount Baker tunnel and Mercer Island lid. The work also sets the stage for light rail service across I-90.

During the weekendlong closure, all westbound traffic between Bellevue Way and Rainier Avenue South will be reduced to one lane and detoured into the I-90 express lanes.

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Issaquah City Council committee rejects lower speed limits on four streets

September 22, 2015

NEW — 5:14 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Hoping to gain more information, the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee put the brakes on lowering speed limits on four streets despite a recommendation by the city administration.

On Sept. 8, the full council voted to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph. At the same time, it agreed to an administration proposal to study speed limits on portions of three additional streets. At a recent committee meeting, the administration added one more, the loop consisting of Northwest Stoney Creek Drive and Northwest Harmony Way.

The speed limit proposals follow the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu, who was struck by a car while attempting to cross the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive with his mother June 26. He died the next day.

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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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To the Editor — Sept. 3, 2015

September 3, 2015


Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions

Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015


Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015


Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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HOAs call public session on fatal accident

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.

Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.

In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.

The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 6, 2015

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015


City needs to fix this intersection as well

When stopped in the northbound lane of Fourth Avenue Northwest at the intersection of Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast, the two traffic signals that you are facing (which hang from a steel cable suspended between two wooden poles), are not facing in a direction that is parallel to the lane of travel that they serve. They are rotated toward the left too far when you are facing them in the previously mentioned lane.

Also, the east end of Southeast 62nd Street has no pedestrian walkway whatsoever on either side of the road for a significant distance. This area also has very limited visibility due to the sharp curve of the road and the extensive amount of trees and foliage in the immediately surrounding areas of both sides of the street immediately northwest of the previously mentioned intersection (this creates an incredibly unsafe situation for pedestrians).

As a self-appointed U.S. taxpayer value advocate, I expect that the city communicate exactly how it plans to improve the safety of this excuse for an intersection to the public in the near future or face its legal consequences for failing to do so. Read more

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Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Crews battling brush fire near Preston

July 31, 2015

NEW — 12:38 p.m. July 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews are battling a brush fire near Interstate 90 in Preston, just east of Issaquah.

By Matt Holt A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

By Matt Holt
A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

The fire is under control, though crews are expected to be on-scene for sometime overhauling the fire, according to the Eastside Firefighters Twitter account.
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