To the Editor — May 6, 2015

May 5, 2015

State park funding

Preserve new dock funding at Lake Sammamish State Park

Wonderful new docks in the Lake Sammamish State Park Master Plan won a $1 million Boating Facilities Grant but they will lose this without matching legislative funding. This is included in the governor’s and Senate budget proposals, but is not in the House budget.

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Three residential projects bring nearly 650 homes to the Highlands

April 28, 2015

Three residential projects, all in the construction phase, could add up to nearly 650 new residences to the Issaquah Highlands.

By Greg Farrar The Discovery West apartments phase 3 construction of 209 multifamily units at Northeast Discovery Drive and Highlands Drive Northwest is reflected April 10 in a stormwater settling pond.

By Greg Farrar
The Discovery West apartments phase 3 construction of 209 multifamily units at Northeast Discovery Drive and Highlands Drive Northwest is reflected April 10 in a stormwater settling pond.

The projects are designated as official Urban Villages, according to Lucy Sloman, land development manager for the city. All three projects are making use of the city’s standardized Urban Village zoning.

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Eastbound Northwest Gilman Boulevard will be down to one lane starting today

April 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2015

Starting the week of April 27, one lane of eastbound Northwest Gilman Boulevard will close for utility work.

Construction will also affect Seventh Avenue Northwest where it intersects Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The work is expected to continue for at least two weeks.

To help minimize traffic impacts, city officials are asking drivers to use alternate routes if possible.

The utility work is part of the Atlas apartment complex construction.

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State says damaged girder on I-90 overpass needs replacing

April 21, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided a damaged girder on the bridge will need to be replaced, according to information from the city and the state.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck struck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The lift punched a large hole in one of the bridge’s girders.

“By our estimate, it’ll cost $1.2 million to replace the damaged girder,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “We’ll get started on construction later this year.”

By Kathleen R. Merrill Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

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Two council members decide not to run in 2015

April 14, 2015

The makeup of the Issaquah City Council is about to change.

In the past week, Councilman Joshua Schaer and Councilwoman Nina Milligan have announced they won’t run for re-election come fall.

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Drivers beware of construction work on Second Avenue Southeast

April 14, 2015

Drivers should prepare for changes along Second Avenue Southeast as the Issaquah School District starts construction on a new Issaquah Middle School campus.

The contractor has begun pre-construction work, although the majority of construction will take place during the summer break.

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Concerns remain over city’s lone roundabout

April 7, 2015

While local residents, and one in particular, still see plenty of problems with the traffic roundabout at Southeast 43rd Way and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, city officials said the number of accidents at the location has steadily fallen.

There were 13 accidents there in 2012, nine in 2013 and six in 2014, Issaquah Transportation Manager Gary Costa said.

The roundabout in question sits in Issaquah, but the route feeds into Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar A red Mini Cooper (left) slows to yield in the ‘slip lane’ while two cars travel in the arterial as all three cars head southbound on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at the traffic roundabout on Southeast 43rd Way.

By Greg Farrar
A red Mini Cooper (left) slows to yield in the ‘slip lane’ while two cars travel in the arterial as all three cars head southbound on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at the traffic roundabout on Southeast 43rd Way.

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To the Editor — April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

City arborist

Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake

Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!

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To the Editor

March 25, 2015

Editorial

People don’t have time to keep an eye on legislators

In recent Press issues, citizens have complained about various City Council decisions. In Issaquah, the city cut the arborist position; in Sammamish, it is the trail construction. You fire off an editorial blaming the victims, the tax-paying citizens, for not attending  council meetings where these issues are discussed and decided.

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Guest Column — Transportation: We must act now

March 25, 2015

This region is truly world class — from our breathtaking environment to our vibrant communities. But the “world class” label bestowed upon us in a newspaper column last fall — “Hey, we’re world class! For truly terrible traffic” — must serve as a wake-up call for action.

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

That headline came after the Washington State Department of Transportation released its 2014 “Congestion Report,” showing us that the gridlock and brake-tapping we’ve been stewing in for years is now significantly worse.

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