Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday crackdown

January 8, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday season crackdown

January 4, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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City Council questions Interstate 90 tolling proposal

January 1, 2013

The prospect of tolling on Interstate 90 received a cool reception from the City Council, as state officials consider the idea as a way to generate dollars for the state Route 520 bridge replacement project.

The state Department of Transportation is at work on a $4.1 billion project to replace the 49-year-old floating bridge across Lake Washington and overhaul the 12.8-mile corridor between Interstate 5 in Seattle and state Route 202 in Redmond. The floating bridge is scheduled to open in traffic by early 2015.

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Crews to start trail project near Sunset Elementary School

January 1, 2013

Motorists should prepare for changes along West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast near the Issaquah School District’s Sunset Elementary School, as crews start work on a $4.8 million project to add a trail for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The initial phase encompasses a section of roadway between Interstate 90, near the Issaquah-Bellevue line, to Southeast 34th Street in Bellevue.

Under a plan approved Nov. 5 by the Bellevue City Council, crews from Tacoma-based Active Construction plan to add a multipurpose trail separated from vehicle traffic by a landscaped buffer. Plans also call for crews to add pedestrian crossings along the north-south corridor.

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Police continue holiday DUI crackdown until New Year’s Day

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Issaquah police officers plan to continue a national push to pull drunken drivers from local roads during the holiday season.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County, Washington and across the United States through Jan. 1 in Washington’s initial participation in a national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign includes the nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

The local effort is organized and supported through the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional push to crack down on unsafe driving practices.

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State planners offer tools to ease holiday travel headaches

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The state Department of Transportation delivered gifts to holiday travelers — tips to avoid travel-related headaches.

The agency offers numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience holiday weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

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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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Snow causes few disruptions for Issaquah residents

December 25, 2012

Snow crept into forecasts in recent days, but aside from a dusting in higher-elevation neighborhoods and a delay for Issaquah School District students, winter weather did not cause significant disruptions in the area.

In response to slushy conditions on roads and some snowfall overnight, school district administrators delayed the start of school two hours Dec. 18. The day before, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington, Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for snow.

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Troopers target motorists for aggressive driving near tractor-trailers

December 16, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 16, 2012

State troopers plan to crack down on aggressive motorists through May in a regional effort to change drivers’ behavior around commercial vehicles.

Officials said collision data shows cars cause the majority of crashes involving cars and commercial vehicles. Washington State Patrol troopers received a grant to conduct a Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks, or TACT, emphasis in King County.

In King County, most collisions involving commercial vehicles happen on interstates and state highways. Troopers plan to patrol Interstate 90 from Seattle to North Bend, plus stretches of Interstate 5, state Route 18 and more from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. — the time most collisions occur.

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