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County and Issaquah collaborate on Traffic Solutions on Issaquah-Hobart Road

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The study will gather and analyze data and recommend solutions to reduce congestion and collisions

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The Metropolitan King County Council today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn and Councilmember Kathy Lambert that will have King County partnering with the City of Issaquah to study traffic on Issaquah-Hobart Road. The corridor is experiencing increased traffic congestion and longer travel times, and the study will gather and analyze data and recommend solutions to reduce congestion and collisions.

“I am hopeful the results of this study can help us work to improve traffic on this important regional corridor,” said Dunn. “With the financial constraints placed on the Roads Services Division we’ll have to work creatively with our regional partners to find solutions to traffic congestion.”

“Given the congestion on this heavily travelled roadway, I am very eager to see the results of the study we are initiating between the County and the City of Issaquah,” Lambert said. “These county/city collaborations are critical for charting a plan forward, especially considering the state of roads funding in King County. I hope we can use this as a model in the future.”

The corridor being studied runs along Issaquah-Hobart Road SE/Front Street between State Route 18 and Gilman Boulevard. Because part of this corridor is within the City of Issaquah and part is in unincorporated King County, the two jurisdictions will enter into an Interlocal Agreement. The City of Issaquah will manage the study, and the County will pay for 50 percent of the traffic study costs.

The County included a provision in the adopted 2017-2018 biennial budget requiring the Executive to report the study’s findings to the Council by May 31, 2018.
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