Sahalee Way improvements getting juggled

April 10, 2014

By Staff

New: April 10, 1:21 p.m.

Sammamish will delay small improvements to Sahalee Way in favor of big ones.

The City Council endorsed a plan April 1, which will shift money that had been planned for creating pedestrian improvements to Sahalee Way, and instead begin designing a larger fix for the road.

The council had previously budgeted $100,000 to make pedestrian improvements to the road.

As city officials were running traffic models surrounding removing planned improvements to East Lake Sammamish Parkway, they noticed that Sahalee Way will have problems meeting the city’s own traffic standards within six years.

These problems would occur whether or not the parkway project was deleted, according to city documents.

As result, the city is likely to have to make larger improvements to the road.

The city’s Public Works Department considered pressing ahead with the small changes, but feared any improvements they might make would need to be torn out when the bigger project, whatever that ends up being, comes up for construction.

Public works director Laura Philpot instead recommended shifting that money to studying what sorts of improvements will be needed to make Sahalee Way function better.

Any design options would need to be brought before the City Council before they could be constructed.

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