Q: I've noticed a deaf-child sign in south Bellevue for many years. How do we know if such signs are still current? A: The city checks with...
Q: I’ve noticed a deaf-child sign in south Bellevue for many years. How do we know if such signs are still current?
A: The city checks with those who request warning signs at the start of each year to verify the signs are still needed, said Hillary Stibbard-Terrell, Bellevue’s traffic-engineering operations and design manager.
Q: Heading north on Lake Washington Boulevard Northeast in south Kirkland, there’s a right-turn-only lane that spans the intersection at Northeast 38th Place. This turn lane ends shortly thereafter at the driveway to our office park. There’s a sign that shows a right-turn arrow on the southern part of the intersection, but the sign “right lane must turn right” only appears after you’ve gone through the light. Is it OK to stay in the right-hand lane in anticipation of turning right shortly past the light? Or must one stay in the through-traffic lane until they are ready to turn?
A: “She can stay in the right-hand lane if she turns into that first office park. Nobody will ever be getting a ticket for doing that,” said Sgt. Mike Ursino of the Kirkland Police Department.
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Ursino said it’s also fine to head through the intersection in the through lane and merge into the right-turn lane after the intersection, too. Whatever honks your horn.
• Highway 202 dump-truck delays
If you drive along Highway 202 on weekdays, prepare to share the road with an armada of dump trucks over the next two months.
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Up to 20 trucks will make 150 to 200 total round trips per day between the state’s wetland project at Sahalee Way and Highway 202 and a Redmond gravel yard at 188th Avenue Northeast from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They’re moving the dirt to create a 16-acre wetland to make up for those the state has to replace to widen the highway between Redmond and the Sammamish Plateau. The widening project should be complete by fall 2008.
For more information about the project, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR202/SR520_Sahalee/
• Interstate 90 rockslide work complete
All three lanes of westbound Interstate 90 two miles west of the Snoqualmie summit should be open today, more than a month after a rockslide crushed a car and killed three women.
The state Department of Transportation spent just over $1 million to replace 9,000 square feet of protection fencing, remove 1,500 tons of rock and debris, add 45 rock bolts and 22 drain holes and otherwise shore up the slope. Geotechnical experts will continue to monitor the area, along with more than 2,500 unstable slopes throughout the state. For more information on this project, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/Rockslides
• Issaquah improvements
Traffic can be a bear. So city leaders are excited to open a new Traffic Management Center, where workers will monitor traffic to time signals better, coordinate flow along streets and freeway ramps and respond faster to blocking accidents and signal malfunctions.
The city will spend two more years replacing outdated signal controllers, installing fiber-optic cable along major streets, and synchronizing traffic lights. Bellevue, Redmond and several other neighbors also have turned to technology in recent years to keep things moving.
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