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.
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.
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.
April 28, 2015
Three residential projects, all in the construction phase, could add up to nearly 650 new residences to the Issaquah Highlands.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 13, 2015
UPDATED — 6:02 p.m. March 13, 2015
As of 5:37 p.m., WSDOT says all lanes of eastbound Interstate 90 in Issaquah are scheduled to reopen to traffic by 10 p.m.
As of 4:30 p.m. WSDOT reports that the Front Street and off-ramp lane closures are done for the day. The right lane of eastbound Interstate-90 is still closed, though.
A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street at 10 this morning.
The driver of the truck, who was not being identified yet, was taken to a hospital and “thankfully is in stable condition,” said Kevin Kelly, a Recology CleanScapes spokesman.
The company hauls the city’s waste.