New cycle track connects trail system

September 16, 2014

A new cycle track now completes the regional trail link between Issaquah and Preston.

King County recently installed a 0.7-mile cycle track along High Point Way, just east of the High Point to Preston regional trail that runs parallel to Interstate 90.

“Filling this gap between Issaquah and Preston allows a cyclist to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle to an overlook at Snoqualmie Falls, a scenic 50-mile journey,” Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said in a news release.

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Volunteers needed for fall cyclist, walker count

September 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2014

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

About 400 volunteers are needed again this fall to tally the number of people who bike or walk to their destinations.

For the seventh annual survey, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count people they see bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Counts will be taken at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.

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15-day closure of eastbound Interstate 90 ramp to Bellevue Way starts tonight

September 8, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 8, 2014

Beginning at 9 tonight, crews will close the ramp from eastbound Interstate 90 to Bellevue Way around the clock for 15 days to lower the elevation of the ramp.

During the closure, all traffic heading eastbound on I-90 to Bellevue Way will use the HOV ramp.

Drivers should expect minor delays during the closure, particularly the first few days as drivers adjust to moving left and using the Bellevue Way HOV ramp. A detour will also be available via Richards Road and westbound I-90. The ramp is expected to reopen the morning of Sept. 23.

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Commuters, prepare for huge Interstate 90 delays

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.

Prepare for traffic backups June 18-25 as workers repair two 92-foot-long expansion joints that  are deteriorating on Interstate 90 near Mercer Island.

Prepare for traffic backups June 18-25 as workers repair two 92-foot-long expansion joints that are deteriorating on Interstate 90 near Mercer Island.

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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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Updated stormwater permit issued to WSDOT

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.

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It’s almost time to remove studded tires


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.

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Issaquah mayor reappointed to Sound Transit board

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.

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State transportation system faces failure without reforms

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.

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Roundabout construction starts

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.

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