Project to widen Sahalee Way moves up a couple years

May 19, 2013

By Ari Cetron

New: May 19, 3:16 p.m.

A plan to widen a portion of Sahalee Way could get started sooner than expected.

Traffic volumes on the stretch of road from the area near the east gate entrance to Sahalee and the city limits have been increasing faster than expected, said City Engineer Jeff Brauns at the May 14 City Council work session.

The plan to widen that stretch of road – adding a third lane – has long been on the city’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan. But the increasing volumes mean that stretch of road would not be up to standards sooner than expected, meaning development in the city could be forced to stop.

In response, Brauns proposed moving the project up to begin design in 2015. Current estimates put the cost of the widening at a bit more than $21 million, in 2011 dollars.

Mayor Tom Odell said that for the project to work properly, the construction should extend beyond the city limits to state Route 202.

City Manager Ben Yazici agreed. However, he said that King County doesn’t likely have the money to do any road work on its portion of the road.

The City Council will vote on the revised Transportation Improvements Program at an upcoming meeting. They would then need to budget money for design and construction of the project during an upcoming budget process.

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One Response to “Project to widen Sahalee Way moves up a couple years”

  1. Lisa Christison on June 28th, 2013 9:54 am

    This is more than overdue. So many times, just as I’ve turned the corner where the city limit is, the traffic will slow to a crawl because of a bus or truck. The irony is that Microsoft has the “Connector” buses for their employees to help with traffic jams, but they make them worse here. I hope they don’t let the lack of King County funding delay this, we really need that 2nd uphill lane. The sad thing is that because they keep on building more houses on this end of the plateau, this is going to get way worse before it gets better.

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