An 85-year-old Issaquah man was killed yesterday when his car crossed the centerline on Highway 900 and collided head-on with a semitruck, police said.

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An 85-year-old Issaquah man was killed yesterday when his car crossed the centerline on Highway 900 and collided head-on with a semitruck, police said.

The man, whose identity was not released, was driving east near Issaquah around May Valley Road about 8:10 a.m. when his Toyota Camry drifted onto the shoulder, according to the State Patrol. He steered back on the road but then drifted back onto the shoulder, the Patrol said. He then hit the guardrail and veered across his lane and into oncoming traffic, the Patrol said.

The Camry was crushed in the collision, and the man died at the scene. The driver of the semitruck was not injured.

Highway 900 was closed for 2 ½ hours.


Lincoln Square tower fire is contained

A small fire broke out on the second floor of the Lincoln Square south tower in downtown Bellevue yesterday.

No one was injured, and the fire did not spread outside an industrial kitchen under construction, a city spokesman said.

The fire probably was accidental, the spokesman said.

The 42-floor tower, across from Bellevue Square, is the city’s tallest building and is to be completed this fall.

The fire started about 1 a.m., and 33 firefighters arrived after security guards smelled smoke.

Firefighters contained the fire, which damaged drywall and electrical wiring. The cause is under investigation.


I-405 lanes closing for construction

Motorists should expect closures of up to three lanes in each direction of Interstate 405 through Kirkland on Sunday through Thursday nights, as well as Saturday nights, starting this week and for months to come. The closures will give crews space to build a new overpass, freeway ramps and a bus station in Totem Lake.

The first lane will close at 7 p.m., with up to three lanes closed by 11 p.m. All will reopen by 6 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. Sundays.

No lanes will be closed on Friday nights nor this weekend, when the Department of Transportation plans to close lanes along southbound Interstate 5 in Seattle.

Tonight and tomorrow, the southbound I-405 exit to Northeast 124th Street and the southbound I-405 onramp from westbound Northeast 124th Street will close at 9 p.m. and will reopen at 5 a.m. the next day.


York Bridge closed until November 2006

The York Bridge on Northeast 116th Street near the 60 Acres Soccer Park north of Redmond will close today for up to 18 months so crews can replace the 50-year-old span over the Sammamish River.

King County says the bridge is cracked, susceptible to earthquake damage and lacks sidewalks and bicycle lanes, plus it’s hard for motorists and Sammamish River Trail users to see one other on the span.

Construction is expected to last through November 2006. Motorists can detour via 154th Place Southeast, Northeast 124th Street and Willows Road. The Sammamish River Trail also will have a detour during part of construction, though access to the park and other nearby recreation areas will remain open.

For more information, visit the project Web site at

King County

Rural residents can speak on economy

Residents of rural King County have two more chances this month to speak on economic development in rural areas.

County officials are holding meetings to discuss how to keep rural areas economically sound, with the decline of traditional industries such as farming, timber and dairy. The meetings, which began last night in Enumclaw, run from 7-8:30 p.m.

The Eastside meeting will be July 26 at Tolt Middle School, 3740 Tolt Ave., Carnation. A meeting also is scheduled for July 21 at Chautauqua Elementary School, 9309 Cemetery Road S.W., Vashon Island.


Ives named to U.S. mayors committee

Redmond Mayor Rosemarie Ives has been selected as one of seven new members of the United States Conference of Mayors Advisory Committee.

The Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 1,183 cities with populations of 30,000 or more. The group selected Ives to serve on the advisory committee during its June conference in Chicago. Ives will be among 25 mayors on the committee.

The primary goals of the Conference of Mayors are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy, strengthen federal-city relationships, ensure that federal policy meets urban needs, provide mayors with leadership and management tools and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau