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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Truck hits Front Street overpass of Interstate 90

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.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A Recology CleanScapes truck was totaled after it hit the overpass of Interstate 90 at Front Street.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A Recology CleanScapes truck was totaled after it hit the overpass of Interstate 90 at Front Street.

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Truck damages Interstate 90 overpass; expect traffic delays

March 13, 2015

NEW — 11:25 a.m. March 13, 2015

WSDOT photo A Recology CleanScapes truck punctured the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street North on Friday.

WSDOT photo
A Recology CleanScapes truck punctured the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street North on Friday, causing delays.

Drivers should prepare for delays at Interstate 90 and Front Street North after a truck hit the interstate overpass earlier today, according to a city news release. Read more

Eight-week closure of eastbound I-90 HOV ramp starts Feb. 25

February 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2015

Carpools, vanpools and transit will need to use the mainline exit from eastbound Interstate 90 to Interstate 405 during an eight-week closure of the eastbound I-90 HOV ramp to I-405.

The closure begins at 10 p.m. Feb. 25.

The closure will provide contractor crews from MidMountain Contractors Inc. with the space it needs to realign the HOV ramp. A portion of the work is weather-dependent, and heavy rain or cold temperatures could delay the reopening of the ramp.

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