Barricade process needs to restart

December 5, 2013

By Administrator

Barricades are scattered across Sammamish. Some years ago, the city developed a process for how to study each barricade and determine if it was best to remove it or leave it in place.

Since then, the city has studied only one barricade, in 2011. It is past time to continue the work it started. The barricade process should start again.

Many who live near them like the way they turn what would otherwise be through roads into cul-de-sacs. Others, including city leaders, prefer removing the barriers to allow better traffic flow. The conflict turns the barricade battle into a political loser, since someone ends up upset no matter the outcome.

It also puts the city in difficult situations. Sammamish has suddenly acquiesced to resident’s demands rather than see a new barricade built on Southeast 14th Street. Barricades, or the threat of new ones, have now become a bargaining chip, even though the residents hadn’t realized it.

The council recently put off discussion of the next barricade on the study list until a new council takes office in January. While it is disappointing to see the council punt, yet again, on this issue, at least there is acknowledgement the issue must be addressed.

The council owes it to its citizens near and around the barricades to make some decisions, rather than leaving entire neighborhoods in limbo.

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3 Responses to “Barricade process needs to restart”

  1. Jason on December 19th, 2013 3:37 pm

    Why? The status quo is fine in this case. People fail to realize that the status quo is actually the result of many former decisions.

    I could drive through a currently barricaded street and save myself 10 minutes daily. However, the fundamental shift in traffic resulting from removing it would shift some percentage of traffic from a well-planned, well-maintained arterial to a twisty, hilly neighborhood street. Ultimately, that would make Sammamish less safe. There’s no cost effective way to address the safety issue on a couple of the most disputed barricades.

  2. Karan Soi on December 20th, 2013 3:18 pm

    Individual site constraints with prohibitive costs , potential law suits and and safety issues may make the barricade opening study not worth the effort and perhaps saving few minutes to select residents will not be in the interest of all citizens of Sammamish paying for the improvements which they will never use. I would say leave it a lone. City began the process with right motives and realized soon that its not worth the effort and should be bagged and why waste money on something which will constantly be a source of lawsuits to City and public nuisance and unsafe conditions to the residents.

  3. Cathy on December 21st, 2013 9:15 pm

    Perhaps the city should revisit the one barricade that they did tackle, and figure out what to do to correct the mess they made before ruining another neighborhood. By their own admission, the job is not done on SE 32nd. Residents have been begging for mitigation on the west side since the road opened, only to be ignored by the City. A couple speed bumps on the west side and the problem would be solved. We have already had a couple accidents, and the speeds people drive up this street are ridiculous. I guess it is going to take a serious injury or fatality to get anything done about it.

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