Q: The Highway 202 widening project between the Sammamish Plateau and Redmond has the worst temporary paving. As a matter of fact, I now...

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Q:
The Highway 202 widening project between the Sammamish Plateau and Redmond has the worst temporary paving. As a matter of fact, I now avoid the awful paving on my drive to Redmond by taking Union Hill Road instead. Aren’t there standards for temporary patching? When can drivers expect a decent roadway?

A:
You’ll have to wait until next week for some “fresh, hot asphalt,” said Brian Dobbins, project manager with the state Department of Transportation (DOT). That’s when the state will shave down the current “temporary temporary” patches in a cheese-graterlike fashion, then add new asphalt until a final overlay happens in late summer. Until then, grit your teeth and call the state DOT Risk Management Hotline at 800-737-0615 if your tire pops. Their contractor will pick up the tab.

And no, there are no standards for temporary patching other than matching it back to the road’s existing conditions, Dobbins said. But next week’s paving project is supposed to bring the road up to par.

“Feet First”

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Feet First, a pedestrian advocacy group, will lead residents of Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood on a walk around the area tomorrow to identify obstacles that make it difficult for pedestrians to get between homes, schools, shopping and transit. Local walkers who want to participate should show up at the Bellevue Mini-City Hall in Crossroads Bellevue shopping center at 9 a.m.

The city will use the feedback to improve the area. Feet First and the city’s Transportation Department conducted a similar study in Factoria last June. Kevin McDonald, a senior transportation planner with the city, says many of the problems residents identified on the Factoria walk will lead to improvements in the next year, including:


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• A pedestrian island for slow and elderly walkers at the intersection of 124th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 41st Street.

• A crosswalk on Southeast 28th Street; workers walking to Factoria Square for lunch wanted a crosswalk midblock versus at an intersection.

“Click it or Ticket”

Be sure to buckle up between now and June 5. Extra law enforcement will be prowling the state looking for unbuckled drivers as part of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Drivers and riders who neglect to wear their seat belts will be out $101. Drivers are held accountable for all passengers under age 18, including children not properly secured in car seats, and can be fined $101 for each unbuckled passenger, said Redmond police Officer Stacey Holland.

Apparently the campaigns help. When the primary seat-belt law went into effect in June 2002, only 82 percent of Washington drivers wore seat belts, according to the DOT Web site. Today, Washington has one of the highest seat-belt use rates in the United States at 94 percent. King County’s rate is even higher, at 97 percent.

Early warning

Snoqualmie:
The Meadowbrook Bridge on Meadowbrook Way near Snoqualmie will be closed for construction through October. Suggested detours are Highway 202 or Reining Road/428th Avenue Southeast.

Bellevue:
Drivers should expect nightly closures of up to three lanes of Interstate 405 in both directions between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Bellevue:
The northbound stretch of Bellevue Way along Lincoln Square is expected to close tomorrow and Sunday nights.