Sammamish sets road building priorities
June 22, 2012
By Caleb Heeringa
New: June 22, 1:47 p.m.
The city will install a new stop light at the intersection of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and Southeast 48th Street next summer.
The Sammamish City Council unanimously approved a six-year transportation plan that budgeted $200,000 for a temporary stop light at the intersection. Public Works Director Laura Philpot said the city did an analysis of the intersection that found that the area gets enough traffic to warrant a light that will help drivers get on and off the often-busy Issaquah-Pine Lake Road.
Several neighbors spoke in favor of the light at a June 18 council meeting but asked the city to go even further and consider prioritizing a widening of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road. The city’s six-year roads plan calls for that to happen, but not for quite a while.
The city plans to widen the road to five lanes with sidewalks between Southeast 48th Street and Klahanie Boulevard, but design work is not scheduled to begin until 2017 at the earliest. The roads plan also calls for the road to be widened to three lanes, with sidewalks and a left-turn lane, from Klahanie Boulevard north to Southeast 32nd Street.
The two projects, estimated at a combined $45.2 million, would be the most expensive road projects in the city’s history since the city overhauled 228th Avenue shortly after incorporation. No city funds have actually been budgeted, and projects on the six-year plan are routinely pushed back.
The city’s road plan also includes two projects suggested in a recent analysis of traffic on 228th Avenue. The plan calls for spending $800,000 to add another southbound lane on the road between Southeast 32nd Avenue and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road – likely in 2016. The city also plans to spend $600,000 on software and hardware to synchronize stop lights in the 228th corridor – likely in 2013 and 2014.