State Route 18 will be closed near Tiger Mountain this weekend

August 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Drivers who use state Route 18 near Tiger Mountain State Forest should prepare for full closures and detours from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close both directions of SR 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Interstate 90 for paving, guardrail and tree removal work.

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Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows Thursday through Sunday

July 29, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. July 29, 2105

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

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Eastbound Interstate 90 off-ramp in Issaquah to close overnight for maintenance work

July 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2015

Drivers on eastbound Interstate 90 will have fewer options to get into Issaquah late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning, July 15-16.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the eastbound I-90 off-ramp to East Sunset Way/Highlands Drive from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for asphalt repair work. Drivers will follow a signed detour.

In the Puget Sound area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.

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Editorial — Everyone can help keep motorcyclists safe

May 12, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Department of Licensing, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation have teamed up to remind drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.

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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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Federal legislators urge emergency federal funding for I-90 overpass

April 22, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 22, 2015

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8) in urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to grant Emergency Relief program funding to help Washington state cover the costs of repairs for the Interstate 90 overpass, according to a news release from Murray’s office.

On March 13, a Recology CleanScapes garbage truck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the overpass above Front Street.

“The Front Street I-90 overpass is critical to in King County and to the State of Washington,” the members of Congress wrote. “As part of the I-90 corridor, it plays an important role in supporting international trade through the movement of goods across Washington and to our ports, creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.

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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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Westbound Interstate 90 traffic detoured April 17-20

April 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2015

Beginning at 11 p.m. April 17, the crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will reroute all westbound lanes of Interstate 90 to the express lanes between Bellevue Way Southeast and Rainier Avenue South until 5 a.m. April 20.

That will allow contractor crews to continue upgrades to the operations and safety systems in the westbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels.

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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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Truck punches hole in I-90/Front Street overpass girder

March 17, 2015

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street North on March 13.

The company hauls trash in parts of Issaquah.

The lift that slides a trash bin off the truck was in the up position, and it tore a large hole in the bridge girders. Crumbled concrete was strewn about and a large hole was gouged in the pavement from the overhead force that stopped the truck.

That force was so great that it bent the cab of the truck all the way forward and it slammed into the pavement.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

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