Barricade process needs to restart
December 5, 2013
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.