Q: Someone needs to adjust the signal timing at Highway 202 (Woodinville-Redmond Road) and Northeast 124th Street just north of Redmond...

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Q: Someone needs to adjust the signal timing at Highway 202 (Woodinville-Redmond Road) and Northeast 124th Street just north of Redmond. In the morning, westbound traffic on 124th sometimes backs up to the light at 172nd Avenue Northeast. But there don’t appear to be any north-south backups along Highway 202 or any backup heading east on 124th. Now that this intersection has been redone and 124th widened, my commute actually takes 10 minutes longer. This is not right.

A: The state Department of Transportation says cars using Northeast 124th Street to avoid construction under way along Northeast 116th Street likely are contributing to the backup you’ve noticed.

After coordinating with the city and county, the state adjusted the signal timing at the intersection to try to accommodate the extra traffic, said Mike Mansfield, a DOT signal operations engineer.

Unfortunately, Mansfield said, morning traffic at the interchange has proven hard to predict, with no clear commute pattern.

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“Despite this challenge, we’re monitoring the intersection and will continue to adjust signal timing to keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible,” Mansfield said.

Q: For two mornings in a row, I have stood at a Metro bus stop at Northeast Eighth Street and 140th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue, directly under the sign, waiting for the 889 to take my baby grandson and I up the hill to his day care at Southeast Eighth Street so I can go to work. Both times I saw the bus coming, waved for it to stop, then watched the drivers pass us by. I understand this bus is in service for the convenience of students who need to get up the hill, but nowhere at the stop does it say “school bus only.”

A: King County Metro Route 889 serves Sammamish High School and International School and is used primarily by students, said Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke. Bus drivers probably aren’t used to seeing adults waiting for that route, she said, but it’s OK for anyone to ride. Metro has asked drivers on the route to watch for non-student riders at all Route 889 stops.

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Biding your time in Bothell

For those of you who’ve been stuck waiting for the light to change at Northeast 180th Street and Highway 202 in Bothell, the cities of Woodinville, Bothell and the state DOT want you to know they are readjusting the timing on the new traffic signal there. And they appreciate your patience.

Early warning

Kirkland: All lanes of Northeast 132nd Street under Interstate 405 are closed Monday through Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for freeway widening work through late October. Check www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I405/TotemLake for the latest construction information.

Interstate 90: The state Department of Transportation has announced a flammable cargo restriction on I-90 between Interstate 5 in Seattle and Island Crest Way on Mercer Island from 7 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Oct. 19 during routine maintenance of fire-suppression systems in the Mount Baker Tunnel and Mercer Island Lid. Alternate routes include Interstate 405 and highways 522 or 520.

Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618 or kgaudette@seattletimes.com