Q. Does Issaquah plan to remove the railroad tracks and overhead railroad-warning system at Southeast 56th Street and East Lake Sammamish...

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Q. Does Issaquah plan to remove the railroad tracks and overhead railroad-warning system at Southeast 56th Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway? These tracks have been out of service for many years and create unnecessary bumps. Plus, many drivers don’t notice the tiny “tracks are out of service” sign, so they wait behind the tracks and sometimes prevent others from turning right.

A . Issaquah sure does. The city is wrapping up the design of a project to widen East Lake Sammamish Parkway to add northbound left-turn lanes and widen Southeast 56th Street to add eastbound left-turn lanes. The changes should add capacity and improve safety.

The city will remove the tracks and signals when it starts construction next year, said Fay Schafi, the city’s senior signal operations and intelligent transportation systems engineer.

Tunnel closures

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Eastside bus riders, take note. Metro’s downtown Seattle bus tunnel will close for up to two years Sept. 24 while it’s retrofitted to support light rail. That means your bus may use different routes to enter, leave and travel through the city. Service at your park-and-ride also may change. And at the Bellevue Transit Center, many bus routes will change bays to ease transfers and take advantage of new high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Interstate 405.

Visit transit.metrokc.gov or www.seattletunnel.org for more details.

Eastside routes that are changing include:

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Bothell-Kenmore: Metro 260, 306, 308, 312; Sound Transit 522.

Duvall: Metro 311.

Issaquah: Metro 210, 214, 216, 217; Sound Transit 554.

Kirkland: Metro 252, 255, 256, 257, 260, 265.

Mercer Island: Metro 216; Sound Transit 550 and 554.

Newcastle and Newport Hills: Metro 111, 114, 212, 214, 217, 225, 229; Sound Transit 554, plus service at Eastgate and Issaquah park-and-ride lots.

Redmond: Metro 225, 229, 250, 255, 256, 261, 265, 266, 268.

Sammamish: Metro 216, 217; Sound Transit 554.

Snoqualmie and North Bend: Metro 214, plus service at Issaquah and Issaquah Highlands park-and-ride lots.

Woodinville: Metro 311; Sound Transit 522.

Early warning

Bellevue: Drivers should anticipate multiple lane closures on eastbound Interstate 90 between the I-405 interchange and 150th Avenue Southeast Wednesday and Thursday nights. Lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. each night and start reopening by 6 a.m. each morning, with all general-purpose lanes open by 9 a.m.

Kirkland: Expect closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. of all lanes in both directions of Northeast 132nd Street between 116th Avenue Northeast and Totem Lake Boulevard until at least mid-October so crews can finish widening the I-405 bridge. For more information: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I405/TotemLake

Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618