July 15, 2014
One westbound lane will close for seven days
Drivers of westbound Interstate 90 should ready themselves for significant delays due to a $1.6 million construction project that begins July 18.
Westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way for seven days as the Washington State Department of Transportation replaces the expansion joints on the East Channel bridge, which connects Mercer Island to Bellevue over a small channel of Lake Washington.
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)
May 20, 2014
The state Department of Ecology has issued an updated stormwater permit to the Washington State Department of Transportation to continue to protect water quality.
The permit regulates stormwater runoff from highways and transportation facilities in urbanized areas. This helps manage stormwater runoff and protect water quality. If not treated properly, stormwater can degrade water quality, carry contaminants into downstream waters, and harm sensitive fish and wildlife habitats.
March 25, 2014
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers to remove their studded tires by midnight March 31.
Unless WSDOT grants a weather-related extension, studded tires are only legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. With forecasts the rest of the month calling for temperatures well above freezing in most parts of the state, WSDOT does not plan to extend the deadline.
January 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2014
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler has been reappointed to the Sound Transit board of directors.
The board chairman, King County Executive Dow Constantine, reappointed Butler to a four-year term through Dec. 31, 2017. The reappointment is subject to confirmation by the King County Council.
Butler has served as a Sound Transit board member since 2003.
November 19, 2013
Here we go again — talk of yet another special legislative session this year to pass a proposed $12.3 billion transportation tax package.
I will not support a tax proposal, which could include an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and a host of new and higher fees, while serious transportation project reforms are needed and folks are struggling to make ends meet.
May 28, 2013
Motorists should prepare for construction near West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Interstate 90 as the Washington State Department of Transportation builds a new roundabout.
Crews recently started the safety project near the interstate on- and off-ramps at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 180th Avenue Southeast, according to a press release from the city. The project will wrap up by this winter.
The new roundabout will help make the intersection safer for drivers, according to the city. More than 40 collisions occurred there in a four-year period.