Q: When will Kirkland repair the railroad crossing on 124th Avenue Northeast to the Interstate 405 onramp? This section of road is terrible...
Q: When will Kirkland repair the railroad crossing on 124th Avenue Northeast to the Interstate 405 onramp? This section of road is terrible and seems like an accident in the making, with 3-foot-deep potholes.
A: You’re in luck. Kirkland intends to spend about $2.7 million improving the intersection next summer, said Ray Steiger, the city’s capital-projects manager.
The design has taken awhile to develop since the city initially wanted a European-style roundabout intersection, like those seen on the Eastside in Woodinville and Sammamish. But the existing railroad tracks and pedestrian needs made that too tricky, he said.
As of now, the new intersection will have rubber pieces between the tracks and pavement to create a smoother ride. The asphalt will be fixed. And the city will make changes to turning lanes and signals to ease congestion.
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Q: The lane striping on Interstate 90 at Issaquah and on Interstate 405 at Northeast Eighth Street in Bellevue has changed several times during construction. The way crews remove the unwanted lane marker — sand-blasting or grinding away the old paint — leaves a small depression in the road that fills with rainwater and, at night, reflects the light from headlights and gives the impression there’s still a stripe there. This can confuse drivers about where the lane is. Why doesn’t the state use tape to mark the new lanes until they have time to paint?
A: The state avoids temporary tape for all but the most temporary of jobs because of its very nature. Temporary tape sticks well to brand-new pavement, and for a few days on regular pavement. But it can blow away, leaving long gaps on the highway, said Melanie Coon, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
“You don’t want to be chasing temporary tape all over the region,” Coon said.
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For the most part, due to cost and logistics, state-highway officials let the depressions in the pavement — they call them “ghost lines” — wear away on their own. In the meantime, be careful out there.
Bellevue: Expect 110th Avenue Northeast to close tomorrow from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Northeast Fourth and Northeast Sixth streets for work at the new City Hall.
Carnation: The Tolt Bridge on Northeast Tolt Hill Road near Carnation is closed for deck repairs through Aug. 18. Detour via highways 203 or 202.
Issaquah: Expect weekday lane closures this month on East Lake Sammamish Parkway near Southeast 56th Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and occasionally at night, as crews install a sewer line. Work will continue along the parkway to Southeast 43rd Way. Crews also are working along Southeast 56th Street and Northwest Sammamish Road.
Lake Washington: The Interstate 90 floating bridge will close today, tomorrow and Sunday from 11:20 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. during the Blue Angels air show. The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge will remain open.
Kirkland: The northbound I-405 onramp from westbound Northeast 124th Street will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed until early October as crews build a new freeway overpass and bus station. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I405/TotemLake for additional closure information and to receive e-mail updates.